Make in India: Aircrafts

Be it Boeing, Airbus or recently in news France’s Dassault Aviation, all will have a win-win situation by setting up manufacturing facilities in India, may be, by roping in an Indian partner to jointly manufacture aircrafts in different categories. India though has agreed to buy 36 Rafales from Dassault, as its next step it may pursue the French firm to sign up an Indian partner and form a joint venture company in which the local firm could own up to 51 per cent stake. The JV firm could execute the contract to supply the remaining planes. Tata can be one of the good prospective local players with lot of expertise in aircraft components. Tata can be a player in manufacturing of helicopters too that are required in pretty good numbers in the entire region.

Even for civil aircrafts, India and it’s region,the fastest growing one in the world with huge market makes the Make-in-India strategy a commercially viable proposition. For example as per one estimate, ‘India would need 1,600 more aircraft over the next 20 years – that’s explosive growth. India’s 400 million strong middle class – by far the biggest in the world, hanker for efficient connectivity between district towns to state capitals, and then with the metros of the country and the destinations abroad. All this creates demand for better air services. Mahindra with a small aircraft manufacturing company in Austalia in its fold and its intention to extend that manufacturing to India, can be good vendor for locally flying machines.

With China and Pakistan, the unscrupulous neighbours for our peace loving democracy, a similar high demand will persist in airforce machines too. HAL may focus on such machine. The success of Tejas must have given confidence of manufacturing competitive products for airforce.

India is also strategically located as manufacturing base with advantage of having huge talented human resources for R&D and design centres, obvious because of the so many development centres of big MNCs in manufacturing sector. India facilities can supply to the entire region.

A growing number of reputed business groups, Tatas, M&M, Bharat Forge, Wipro as well as new entrepreneurs such as Dynamatic Technologies, Aequs, Titan’s Precision Engineering are already setting up facilities for manufacturing components for sector and are ready to be reliable vendors for aviation sector. Dynamatic supplies flap track beams for the A330 family of Airbus long-range jets. Dynamatic will soon supply directly to Airbus and thus become the first Indian private sector company to become a global Tier-I supplier to Airbus.The outsourced commercial aerospace manufacturing appears to be taking root in India. Wipro has invested Rs 60 crore in its new seven-acre facility in Bangalore. Mahindra Group has invested $70 (Rs 420 crore) million in its Bangalore facility. Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL), Tata Sons’ subsidiary for its aerospace and defence business, has invested in an aerospace manufacturing facility in Adibatla, near Hyderabad. Tata Advanced Systems Ltd produces the Sikorsky S92 fuselage (main cabin) as a single source in India. It also rolled out the first cabin for S92, a four-bladed helicopter in November 2011 and the company has produced more than 80.Mahindra Aerospace plant in Bangalore will assemble components and aerostructures in sheet metal, machining, and special processing. It is doing simple to complex detailed parts and doing sub-assemblies, and can start doing larger aerostructures. Wipro makes actuators for landing gears.Titan’s Precision Engineering Division makes machined components for aero engines and engine accessories. Its customers include the UTC Group (a Tier-I supplier), Prat and Whitney, and Rolls Royce, among others.

As reported, “Airbus plans to increase its Indian outsourcing from $400 million to $2 billion in next five years.” May be the next step for Airbus will be to start the aggregating facility in India. Moreover as reported in media, “Airbus is willing to set up final assembly lines and establish supply chains and related infrastructure for military transport aircraft and helicopters in India. Airbus Defence and Space has submitted a joint proposal with Tata to produce the modern C-295 aircraft in India as a replacement for the ageing Avro aircraft of the Indian Air Force.The division also plans to develop and manufacture electronic sensors with a partner in India and has advanced discussions to support Hindustan Aeronautics’ (HAL) combat aircraft programme.”

HAL facilities with the type of management and its past record will not be able to meet the total critical requirement of the nation. It still continues to manufacture everything in-house and has failed to develop the required number of reliable vendors for its product lines. It will require a re engineering of its facilities based on different product categories- military operational, helicopters, transport planes. It will have to have integrated design and development centres with each of the divisions. I do’t know under government if HAL can become a global class player in aircraft manufacturing.

All these factors must make the global players in aircraft manufacturing to set up their aircraft aggregating assembly shops in India.

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Meghdootam Park Needs Make-up

Noida Authirity must endeavour to make Meghdootam Park a model park with world class facilities that include the toilets too. It must become a topmost landmark for Noida and must be good enough to attract all the first time visitors/tourists to Noida to come to Meghdootam Park and to enjoy its uniqueness. As it seems, the development work suddenly stopped as the Mayawati Raj ended. Few suggestions are here:

1. It must create a light and sound programme based on the theme of Kalidas’ ‘Meghdootam’ to be shown once in the week to start with. Music system must also play some times both the Sanskrit, Hindi audio of Meghdootam besides playing the best of the bhajans of all Indian languages or its tunes instead of one that is played now which are perhaps by local artists.The music system must be extended through all along the outer and inner tracks. The amphitheatre must organise dance drama/show on Meghdootam.

2. An officer must be appointed to oversee this park work in Noida Authority for cleanliness, may be a common one that may include the RWA Centre/Club near by. There are two already built structures on the two sides of the main gate that were perhaps to have Meghdootam Park inscribed in English and Hindi. It should be completed nicely.

3. The park should have a rose garden and a corner with exotic and medicinal plants integrated in it. NA must build a separate small structure in one corner for store instead of using a toilet complex as store.

4. The covered trash bins are either maintained and kept covered or removed all together. All the covers of electrical panels must remain closed.

5. The water falls must run at least on the two days in a week. All the housing associations around the park must have water harvesting system feeding the park after recycling, if required.

6. All roads and roadside filth around the great park must get removed more frequently, and the temporary structures of the vendors demolished by police or NA in actions against unauthorised structures, must be removed.

7. The frontage of the park must not have any more super structure. It should remain vacant and green with plants or be used as ground for kids for playing instead of the park premises being used for practising football or cricket.

8. Let NA appoint a professional Indian consultant to come out and implement the action plan to take Meghdootam Park to a theme-based global class park.

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बिरोधी दोस्तों

हे बिरोधी दोस्तों

किस का बिरोध है मुझसे
अगर है भी तो मुझे कहो
क्यों बनते हो देश का बिरोधी
रोकते हो उस रथ को
जो आज निकल सकता है
सबसे आगे
करोडों की अाकांक्षाएें
पहियों में समाई हुयी,
कोटि और गति देने
का साहस लिये कंधों में,
कोटि कोटि और हैं
ब्यस्त साथ देने को
यही था मत उनका
न बरगलाओ, न बहकाओ
साथ आओ अपनी कहानी बनायें
अब दुनिया देखे
हम बहुत उन्हें देख लिये
आओ अपने बल पर
अपना सूरज चाँद बनायें……
“भव्य मन्दिर बन रहा है
श्वेद का जल दो….

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My Views from My Scrap Book

Arun Jaitley Let the banks pull up the reality sector to get the projects completed in time and will quality norms, as the bank finances both the builders as well as buyers. Quite a bit of NPAs of the banks because of this sector too.
If the college requires a minimum of 70-80 percent attendance as mandatory, why should it be made mandatory for middle, secondary and higher secondary classes? The same should be true for the parliamentarians, otherwise they must shun talking about building discipline.
All the teachers of IITs must develop a common course materials for different subjects in categories such as elementary, mature, higher for all six years of specialised training and education in universities of (2+4) years. The students must pursues a minimum credit hours from all those courses for Bachelor and MS Degrees. Instead of general colleges teaching humanities and science subjects. A new way should be followed for the higher education, such College of Science and Apllied Science, College of Languages, College of Physical Sciences, College of History and Historical Sciences, and so on….
With the limitation and difficulties for land acquisition, the future projects of irrigation must be made with multi purpose usages. While the irrigation canal is built, it may also provide for installations of solar panels on the top of it as done in Gajarat. The two sides of the canal can have at least 4- lane roads all along its length connecting the habitations along it. In the same way, two permanent pit can take utilities such electric cable for power, or glass fibre cable for Broad band internet or gas line. Many innovative changes will have come with the progress of the new age technologies.
Airtel shows an ad where some young men are shown giving a mechanised vehicle for ice-cream sales as when they were kids the vendor gave them ice creams or ice balls free. I don’t know how many such cases would be there, but it is certainly a great gesture to be emulated by other young men who can afford it.
Sharad Yadav is in news for wrong reason. Yadav made a sexist remark. Perhaps he never knew to use the right words. I don’t know why these old politicians who are obsolete in every respect not leaving the arena for younger generation. Mulayam, Sharad, Lalu all must leave the active politics or shown the way as Modi did for Advani and Joshi.
The most basic in weaponry-the family of small arms comprises of rifles, pistols, carbines and light machine guns. Every now and then the local media report about the local rural/ semi-urban craftsmen such as blacksmiths are manufacturing these arms replicating some foreign brands. If they can produce, why can’t the talents of organised sectors can do it if they are offered the opportunity. Basically there are relatively simpler mechanical devices produced with special machine tools commercially available in open market. Technologies are pretty much known.Wouldn’t it make sense to set the goal that within two or three years, we will begin manufacturing the best contemporary family of small arms in the world at the least cost? Let the world be flooded with the Indian version of the Kalashnikov! However, I am of opinion that the Defence Research and Development Organisation, the Ordnance Factory Board and the Defence Public Sector Undertakings- all require some sort of re-engineering.
There are always a high and low point in one’s professional life. For our former PM, Manmohan Singh is also true. I do’t know what would be highest point. Perhaps it was his role in liberalisation in early 90s, if I join the group that does not want to give that credit to PVNR. But the worst point has come now with a summon from a court. And no one but he himself is to be blamed. As Sekhar Gupta writes, he could have resigned.
The government must come out with a strict policy on unauthorised constructions and encroachments in metros and cities, small and big. Left to politicians and police, some day some so called deprived ones will construct jhuggies, shanties in and outside the Rashtrapati Bhawan too. Politicians such as Mamta Banerjee will authorise and legalise constructions on all the pavements as recently done in Kolkata and on platforms besides in the railway land on both sides of tracks all over the country.

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Controversial Land Acquisition Bill: Some View

Land Acquisition Bill for fertile agricultural land
1.(A) must restrict the temptation by the entrepreneur to demand adhoc and excessive land for the facility. (B)The facility must explore multi flooring and modular for future expansion. (C)The company must not treat the land as its property to make money in future, as it has happened with closed units that was leased huge amount of land by then government almost free, as it happened with factories of Hindustan Motors.

2.Landownership for infrastructure such as port, road or irrigation canals must for all the time remain with central government with a special police department to eliminate encroachment with strict laws for encroachment.

3. Highways must have plantation only on the dividing spaces of the up and down lanes and not on sides to accommodate future widening without uprooting the trees.

4. Encroachment law must ensure the avoidance of mushrooming of unauthorised structures on government land. Building for an off the road infrastructure of utility must be the part of built in initial design. No filthy future construction along the road on both sides must be part of road planning. This can avoid of building of bypasses again and again after some years and the huge social cost.

5. Rural housing of BPL categories must be on government land and high rising units of two sizes with common quality infrastructure, otherwise it is only creating future eyeshore. Multi storied structures may also result in better social equity and integration. BPL families must be encouraged to plant trees of commercial and own it to provide them some security. All around big metros huge multi-storied dormitories are built with all infrastructure facilities to accommodate flux of migrant workers to avoid mushrooming of shanties and future unauthorised colonies.

6. Vast fowl land on the side of highways should be used for industrial clusters instead of fertile agriculture land. For example, a good use of such land was made to build first IIT in Kharagpur. Tata Motors would have preferred to use that type of land instead of selecting Singur.

I wish many such anomalies are considered to save the nation’s limited fertile land

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रात की तन्हाइ का आनन्द

रात की तन्हाइ में
किताबें कुछ ज़्यादा कह जाती हैं
कवितायें कुछ ज़्यादा
गुनगुनाती हैं,
गुदगुदाती हैं
कहानियां कुछ अपनी बीती
याद दिलाती हैं
अहसास कराती हैं
कुछ ग़लतियों की
जो जीवन बदल
सकती थीं
दर्शन सहज सुगम बन
कुछ राह बदल देता है
सब ओर के सन्नाटे के आलम में
दीवारें, छत, एवं फ़र्स पास
और आ जातीं हैं
बहुत कुछ दर्शाते हैं
अनजानी लकीरों से
परिचित चेहरों में बदल बदल
कुछ याद दिला
जातें हैं
छः दसकों से ज़्यादा का है
यह सिलसिला
हर दिन अभी भी रहता है
रात की तन्हाइ का
कुछ नयी राह पाने का
चलता रहे यह सिलसिला ़़़………

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Swachh Bharat: Some Simple Steps

Swachh Bharat is just one Aviyan that can transform India in many respect changing the perception of all those who live here or come from outside. It will also mean increase in prosperity and creating a brand. For example, if Noida is ranked high as Swachh town, its real estate price will increase significantly compared to other towns. Unfortunately in a recent survey that appeared in ‘India Today’, Noida did not find a place on the parameter of cleanliness, whereas Gurgaon got.

Noida Authority has been pronouncing ‘Green Noida Clean Noida’ for all these years, but nothing sustainable has happened particularly for cleanliness. Open defamation and urination are rampant. Nothing has happened about the menace of stray dogs. Noida Authority has hardly done anything to make villagers to stop their buffaloes, cows and bulls moving in the streets. Similar is the case in other cities too. The other day, I saw buffaloes passing by the road in front of Taj Mahal on TV, when it was showing the preparation for the impending visit of Obama. Fortunately, it did not happen.

The authority responsible for the running the administration of the urban India have hardly shown the will to make it ‘Swachh’. Noida Authority can collaborate with Mother Dairy to construct and maintain a toilet in the premises. Every market complex and big-size parks that are visited by hundreds of persons must have a nice toilet too. For huge population of construction workers and street vendors and other service providers, suitably located toilet complexes must be treated as important and mandatory feature of the township. Noida Authority must aim at encouraging the residents and associations to participate actively to make Noida clean. It can have ranking through a reputed agency for the different sectors for cleanliness. The sector RWA, in turn, can have a competitive system between its blocks. Other establishments such different markets, parks, hospitals, and schools can be involved in the task of keeping Noida clean with ranking systems. Further, Noida Authority can deploy one of its employee out of hundreds to get a feedback on ‘swachhta’ from one sector as an additional responsibility. That can serve the department head concerned to take corrective actions. What is true for Noida is also true for other municipalities, and corporations, and the drive can result in a better Swachh Bharat.

Swachhta starts from cleanliness but it also covers orderliness too. Here are few things that are eye-shores and can be done, some with no additional cost:
1. Is it very difficult to keep all sorts of covers all around us in its place, be it on the electrical panels, water drains or sewerage line, or trash bins?
2. Can we not ban pasting bills campaign or advertising posters anywhere and everywhere? With addresses of the culprit individual or organisation available on it, how easy it is to take punitive action?
3. Can we imagine how much better a market will be if the name boards are of standard design? A good standard signage for any purpose all over a town provides the perception of good planning.
4. Any thing which is lying or has gone obsolete and lost its must be removed and dumped as wastes. A system can be built in the administration for regular removal of those items.
5. Can it not be made responsibility of the person or department to remove the unused materials after the work is completed?

A place must be fixed for everything and it must be seen that the thing is kept in the same place in desired manner. And look at just story what swachhta Aviyan can end into: As reported from Ahmedabad, ‘when the Kendriya Vidyalaya School in the ONGC campus in Chandkheda undertook a cleanliness drive on Saturday, they found Rs 1 crore in cash and 21 gold bars worth Rs 59 lakh.’

Swachh Bharat, Clean Ganga, and Adarsh Gram Yojna can basically be integrated in one. Modi government and all other political parties must work at least on these Aviyans together to present an image of India that will be at the same footing as that of developed countries.All institutions and private companies must put their resources for creating a brand of Clean India. I wish all IAS and IPS officers would have joined the Aviyans in whatever positions they are, for the geographical areas that they control.

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