Gadkari calls for security equipment exports

Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Nitin Gadkari has urged the private security industry to explore possibilities to start manufacturing security equipment under “Make in India” for domestic and export markets.

“COVID-19 lockdown has made us realize the significance of unarmed security guards,” he told a FICCI webinar ‘Future of Private Security Industry AtmaNirbhar Bharat: Boosting MSMEs for Quality Security Services & Manufacturing of CCTV & Fire Safety Systems’, 7 Aug 2020.

“Our economy is facing lots of challenges and the government is keen to support the Private Security industry which has the potential to be one of the largest employers in India,” he said.

Responding to the issues raised by the members of FICCI Private security industry, Gadkari invited FICCI to present a representation on issues concerning GST and possible benefits under various MSME schemes.

He urged FICCI members to come out with a detailed study, which could be looked into by the Govt.

Assuring the Industry members for all possible support on issues and bottlenecks faced by them, he advised the private security industry to work on ‘Multi-Model Services’.

The industry in the future will witness the integration of manpower with technology, and this requires skill development, hence Gadkari urged FICCI to look at opportunities for skilling in manned guarding, fire safety and electronic security.

Emphasizing on the importance of technology in the electronic equipment used by the private security industry, Gadkari said, “The current times requires personnel security guards to multitask and use technology to perform security, safety and facilitation functions, therefore Indian companies must come forward and start manufacturing the electronic equipment in India itself.”

“During the COVID lockdown private security sector, as an essential service, has played a vital role in assisting government machinery, private businesses and even residential societies,” said Rituraj Sinha, Chair, FICCI Committee on Private Security Industry & Group Managing Director, SIS India Ltd.

“It reinforces the fundamental need for our sector to society and economy and underlines our potential to create stable social security covered jobs, in large numbers for underprivileged sections of our society.

“Even in manufacturing, our CCTV & Fire segments have the potential to mass-produce world-class products at most competitive pricing. We are greatly encouraged by the attention of senior policymakers. And hope that sector’s issues would be addressed, and policy framework shall be enabled to allow our sector to not just survive but also revive and thrive in the near future,” said Sinha.

“It was quite encouraging to hear the commitment from Government to invest in the growth of MSMEs under the AtmaNirbhar Bharat enabling the quicker revival of economy and reduce dependence on imports. I firmly believe these initiatives will play a very important role in the formation of New India,” said Rajeev Sharma, Co-Chair, FICCI Private Security Industry Committee and Country Managing Director, G4S India.

“The private security industry (PSI) is expanding sector globally and has the potential to transform migrant rural youth into a scheduled worker. The industry can help Govt machinery in maintaining law & order, revive the economy and support other businesses,” added Dilip Chenoy, Secretary General, FICCI. #ficci #imports #exports #makeinindia #manufacturing #investments /fiinews.com

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