Naveen Patnaik govt pitches Odisha as potential hub for defence production, offers fiscal incentives

In the policy, the government places special incentives for units that will be set up in industrially backward districts, such as Kalahandi, Bolangir, Koraput and Malkangiri, among others. Units are also encouraged to employ people “domiciled in Odisha”.

The BJD government for the first time on Tuesday tried to pitch Odisha as a potential defence and aerospace manufacturing hub in the country.

On the second day of its flagship investment summit Make in Odisha, the Naveen Patnaik-led government shared its Defence and Aerospace Manufacturing Policy (2018), which offers fiscal incentives in the form of capital subsidies, power tariff reimbursement and training subsidies to manufacturing units. “This is arguably the best policy in the country”, said Industries Secretary Sanjeev Chopra, adding “it is a shame that for all the testing that happens in ITR (integrated test range) Baleswar, manufacturing happened elsewhere”.

The Defence Ministry’s ITR is located at Baleswar district’s Abdul Kalam Island and has facilitated the launch of Akash, Shaurya, Agni and Prithvi missiles. In the policy, the government places special incentives for units that will be set up in industrially backward districts, such as Kalahandi, Bolangir, Koraput and Malkangiri, among others. Units are also encouraged to employ people “domiciled in Odisha”.

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