CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has written to the Defence Ministry to set up a light combat vehicles (LCVs) manufacturing unit in the state, with the assurance that his government would extendall support, including land allocation, for such a project. In a letter to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Singh said the LCVs unit will not only go a long way in promoting the establishment of ancillary units but also help in providing jobs to the unemployed youth in the state.
Further, the proposed project would help make LCVs readily available to the forces on the border, he said. The chief minister drew Sitharaman’s attention to the Industrial and Business Development Policy 2017, recently launched by the Punjab government, with many incentives for the industry. The policy, he said, was a holistic framework for the sustainable industrial growth of the state and was a part of the vision to put the state back on high trajectory of growth and prosperity.
Singh further pointed out that in view of the potential for its growth and employment generation, the Aerospace and Defence sector was given special emphasis in the policy by treating it as one of the thrust sectors. Noting that Punjab had no major unit manufacturing items for defence or of the Defence Ministry, the Centre, the chief minister urged the defence minister to consider his request for setting up a LCVs manufacturing unit in Punjab at the earliest possible.
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