Indian internal security market offers a variety of opportunities. But there are bureaucratic obstacles related to policy and procurement that continue to stand in the way.
The government is refining homeland security strategies and obstacles will begin to come down said Arun Chaudhary, Director General, Sashastra Seema Bal who was the Guest of Honour in a Conclave on “Homeland Security: Industry Perspective & Investment Opportunities for Indian & Foreign Investors” organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Delhi today.
India will stand up a first-rate internal security architecture where foreign firms would show interest to invest he added.
He urged for indigenization of security industry in India. Gadgets and equipments that are required here are not made locally, their cost escalates. We cannot afford foreign gadgets as far as security forces are concerned.
Pranay Sahay, Director General, Central Reserve Police Force mentioned indigenous research and development done by local companies was "not up to the mark". Import of gadgets and weapons for security forces is "not a happy situation" as foreign manufacturers do not meet Indian requirements in an optimal fashion.
Speaking on 'Expectation of Counter-insurgency Forces from Industry’ he said about 3 lakh personnel are the mainstay of counter-Maoist operations. The procurement of high-end gadgets like Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and weaponry is being done from overseas which is a time taking exercise and is affecting operations.
As the procurement requirements of the central security forces keep fluctuating, only second rung international companies participate and forces have to depend on indigenous organizations like DRDO, Ordnance factories and central public sector undertakings he added.
He further added that local research and development is not up to the mark and ready-to-eat meals given to the troops in operations are heavier and have low nutritional value as compared to what other countries provide their strike squads.
He urged to provide good quality helmets that can protect troops from rifle bullets.
He asked the industry representatives to "do their bit in fighting insurgency" by manufacturing weapons and gadgets required by security forces which include mine protected vehicles, night vision devices and personnel locator beacons or GPS sets.
Internal security is today assuming great importance with passage of time and is major concern for all countries. Police modernization has become a major priority today. The demand for security equipment in recent time has gone up manifold and it is estimated that India will be investing Rs. 550 billion in the private security industry by 2016. No wonder India today is the world's largest importer of security and Defence equipment said SumanJyoti Khaitan, President, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Anil Dhawan, Head-Security Solutions at Aditya InfoTech Ltd, said, “With a concern for homeland security, this conclave brings together the key social authorities, industry players, consultants and end-users on a single cohesive dais to discuss the issue in detail and arrive at effective solutions for the same. As we see a rapid growth of 30-35 % in the security industry and most interestingly a serious demand/ requirement for security solutions in India, this conclave is also an initiative to create industry perspective and investment opportunities for Indian and foreign investors.”
Timothy G Haley, Regional Security Officer, US Embassy, said we will continue to collaborate with India to develop a global approach to the challenges and threats we all face in current environment.
Rajeev Bhatnagar, Chairman, Defence Committee, PHD Chamber said Police modernization has become a major priority today. The demand for security equipment in recent time has gone up manifolds and it is estimated that India will be investing Rs. 550 billion in the private security industry by 2016.
Homeland Security scenario in India would require Government's active management of the policy framework, regulations, process and fiscal environment to create an integrated and self-reliant Homeland Security apparatus in India he added.
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