HAL takes off

Arun Jaitley inaugurates manufacture of light combat helicopter at HAL: Also, launches upgrade of Hawk jet trainers into combat aircraft...

HAL takes off

This refers to Ajay Shukla’s report “HAL’s production of light combat helicopter takes off” (Business Standard, August 27). Recently, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 2017-18 with the Ministry of Defence. The annual MoU outlined targets on various performance parameters of HAL during 2017-18, inter  alia targeting a revenue from operations at Rs 17,900 crore, the highest ever annual revenue target for HAL.
The HAL initiatives now reported align well with PM’s focus on ‘Make in India’ and increasing indigenization of defence production gradually. In defence production and several other areas which will not give quick commercial profits, in India, public sector will have to play a major role for several more years. This was well understood during Nehru’s days, but the BPL (Businessmen-Politicians-Lawyers) combine which started dominating all political parties without exception for obvious reasons took on themselves the responsibility of selective killing of public sector organisations, one by one. The present move to revive public sector need to be seen in this background.

M G Warrier, Mumbai

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