Shri G Mohan Kumar, Secretary Defence Production, Govt of India has called upon GSL to enhance indigenisation with greater emphasis on R&D. Asserting that Defence Sector in the country is witnessing a paradigm shift, Shri Kumar said the objective should be to achive substantiative self reliance, while ensuring quality control, cost effectiveness and timely delivery of the Ships.
During his two day visit to GSL on 28th & 29th March 2015, Secretary Defence Production was conducted around the shipyard by RAdm Shekhar Mital, NM, IN (Retd), CMD GSL and was apprised of the ongoing series construction of OPVs being built for Indian Coast Guard and for export markets. Shri Kumar was also shown the infrastructure augmentation being undertaken for the MCMV project.
During the visit, a presentation was made to Secretary Defence Porduction on the growth trajectory of GSL, its in-house design capability, product profile and build strategy for MCMV project. Secretary Defence Production also visited the R&D centre at GSL and was briefed on the new product designs being developed by GSL. The Secretary further emphasised on outsourcing and vendor development to enhance capabilities and improve productivity.
Secretary Defence Production lauded the sharp turnaround in shipyard’s performance, on all fronts including production and financial results, and noted GSL’s efforts in improving the management and productivity and sea change shipyard is undergoing through modernization and other efforts.
Significantly, this was the maiden visit of Shri Kumar to GSL since he took over as Secretary Defence Production. Shri Kumar met with the representatives of various unions and appreciated their contribution and also interacted with the GSL Officers. He also inaugurated a family Poly Clinic at GSL.