As its workshops shut down, Army seems to be at supporting ventures by ex-servicemen to satisfy its wants

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 23

With many unit-run workshops in peace stations being executed away with as a part of its restructuring and rationalisation of sources, the Army is contemplating to assist entrepreneurial ventures by ex-servicemen to satisfy its necessities of restore and upkeep of autos and different gear.

The first of its type ventures, that are required to be self-sustaining, are aimed to serve the gear sustenance wants of the armed forces in peace stations on a long run subsidised fee contract. These would run beneath the aegis of the Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR), which already runs a number of schemes for the rehabilitation of veterans.

“Consequent to optimisation of station workshops, there may be requirement of a reliable and dependable engineering assist eco-system for endeavor restore of autos and gear of models and institutions performing on peace institution.

“Creation of ex-servicemen run workshops is one such viable option, which can not only provide a one stop solution for maintenance and repair of equipment of non-field force, but also offer a second career to skilled ex-servicemen of the armed forces,” said an idea paper floated by the Army.

Recommendations of the Shekatkar Committee on reforming the armed forces included restructuring of restore echelons within the Army, which coated base workshops, advance base workshops and static or station workshops which can be run by the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers.

While some smaller workshops are to be closed down, the big institutions like Army Base Workshops are to be handed over to non-public contractors for functioning beneath the ‘Government Owned Contractor Operated’ mannequin.

The proposal initially envisages restore and upkeep of autos of the armed forces, and thereafter increase the scope of actions to cowl a variety of different gear equivalent to mills, digital, pc {hardware}, air conditioners, mobile telephones and so on.

To make the enterprise financially viable, the amenities of the workshops might be prolonged to different authorities organisations and the workshops would even be allowed to cater to non-public clientele.

The Army is now in search of the view and opinions of ex-servicemen to determine their aspirations and description the modalities of such ventures.

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