Defence

Creeping privatisation

Print edition : September 29, 2017

A BMP armoured troop carrier at the ordinance factory in Medak, Telangana. Photo: RAVI SHARMA

Engines for T-72 and T-90 tanks under production at the Engine Factory in Avadi, Chennai. Photo: RAVI SHARMA

A variant of the BMP armoured troop carrier under manufacture at the Ordinance Factory, Medak. Photo: RAVI SHARMA

The Narendra Modi government is keen to break the monopoly of the Indian ordnance factories, which are viewed by defence pundits as white elephants that must be restructured to keep pace with changing technology. But OFB officials and employees’ unions seek a level playing field to perform better.
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