Panaji, Jun 10 (GCCurrentAffairs) Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik visited Goa Shipyard limited (GSL) at Vasco in South Goa on Monday.
He held a review meeting with GSL officials regarding defence projects sanctioned by earlier government and also future plan of action.
Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) had bagged a large order, in 2015, for building 12 minesweepers valued at Rs 32,000 crore, at the time of former Defence Minister Late Manohar parrikar. GSL and Indian industries were looking at partnering with Korean shipbuilding industry in bringing world class technology to maritime sector of the country and in the making of the Mine Counter Measure Vessel (MCMV) project. It was supposed to give 90 per cent of the benefits from the Ministry of Defence order for building 12 minesweepers, and it was expected to go to local units.
The order, which has tremendous scope for manufacturing components and ancillaries and units in Goa, was given
first preference. But the order could not see the light of the day due to various reasons and got stalled.
Mr Naik, after getting elected consecutively for fifth term as MP and getting the post of MOS for Defence, in the Modi 2.0 government, has said he would review all the projects that has been earlier sanctioned to Goa, including GSL and others.
He will also see the possibility of reviving old defence projects and sanctioning some new projects to Goa. The defense projects would boost Goan economy and get employment opportunities to the deserving Goans.