Posted by- Neelam Mathews
On Procedure for Defense Shipbuilding- Minister of State for Defense, Pallam Raju
For indigenously building ships and other naval crafts, in accordance with the Defense Procurement Procedure, 2011, Chapter-Ill, Procedure for Defense Shipbuilding - Defense shipyards are awarded some contracts on nomination basis while other contracts are awarded on competitive basis.
Defense shipyards are participating with private yards in an open competition. In some of the cases they have lost out to private shipyards.
Defense Shipyards quoted for Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels, Barges, Hovercraft, Fast Patrol Vessels, Interceptor Boats, Cadet Training Ships and Fast interceptor crafts but lost to private yards.
The Defense shipyards have indicated that major reasons of losing out are:
(i) Higher wage rates for the labor and thereby increase in overheads;
(ii) Longer time taken to procure the materials by observing the laid down procedures thus pushing up their prices.
To enhance the competitive edge in future, following measures are being undertaken:-
(i) Modernisation of DPSUs including Defense shipyards with latest state-of-the-art facilities and introducing modern integrated construction methodology,
(ii) Strengthening of design and production facilities,
(iii) Induction of manpower both at the skilled worker level and at management level.
On Coast Guard stations………….Defense Minister AK Antony
Government has also given approval for' setting up a Coast Guard station at Pipavav in Gujarat.
Coast Guard stations at a particular place are set up after taking into
account the threat perception, vulnerability gap analysis and presence of other
stations in the vicinity, There are seven Coast Guard stations in Gujarat located at Gandhinagar, Porbandar, Okha, Jakhau, Vadinar, Mundra and Veraval. There is an Air Enclave
A Regional Headquarters (North West) at Gandhinagar has also been established in Gujarat to monitor coastal security for Gujarat. There are naval stations at Okha, Jamnagar and Porbandar. Further, under centrally sponsored Coastal Security Scheme Phase I, ten coastal police stations have been established and twelve additional coastal police stations have been sanctioned under Phase II of the scheme including in South Gujarat.
The Indian Coast Guard has been conducting security operations and exercises off the Gujarat Coast as also awareness campaigns in fishing villages in Gujarat on a regular basis. Joint patrol with Navy, Marine police, customs and other stakeholders are being undertaken regularly. Seven radar stations have been approved on Gujarat coast including in South Gujarat.