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Tuesday, March 06, 2018


Modernisation of Ordnance Factories

To keep pace with contemporary manufacturing technologies, Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has undertaken modernisation of Ordnance Factories including the six factories located in the State of Tamil Nadu.  In addition to modernisation of Plant & Machinery, capacity augmentation programme is also under way in three factories namely Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi, Engine Factory Avadi and Heavy Alloy Penetrator Project, Trichy.

Details of factory-wise expenditure incurred in the year 2016-17 on modernisation of the six Ordnance Factories located in the State of Tamil Nadu are as follows:
Investment on Plant & Machinery and Civil Works on capacity creation & augmentation

Expenditure on Renewal & Replacement of Plant & Machinery
(i)    Heavy Vehicles Factory,  Avadi
(ii)   Engine Factory  Avadi
(iii)  Heavy Alloy Penetrator Project, Trichy
(iv)  Ordnance Factory, Trichy
(v)   Ordnance Clothing Factory, Avadi
(vi)  Cordite Factory  Aruvankadu

This information was given by RakshaRajyaMantriDr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to ShrimatiSasikalaPushpain Rajya Sabha today.


Friday, July 29, 2016


Ordnance Factories

Performance of Ordnance Factories is being regularly reviewed by Ordnance Factory Board. Some of the major steps taken in this regard are as follows:

(i) Modernization of Ordnance Factories to keep pace with the latest technology and to maintain the production capacity in tandem with the requirement of Armed Forces. As compared to an expenditure of Rs.2927 crore in the 11th Plan, already an expenditure of Rs.4239 crore has been incurred during the first four years (2012-16) of the 12th Plan. In 2016-17, an expenditure of Rs.1169.67 crore is envisaged.

(ii) To improve upon the production planning in Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Army has started placing 5 years roll-on indents for ammunition items.

(iii) Quality Audit Groups (QAG) have been formed at 10 centers as an independent authority for giving impetus to and ensuring quality in Ordnance Factories.

(iv) 13 Ordnance Development Centres (ODCs) with identified core technologies have been created to take up product development and improvement in core product areas.

Ministry has been delegating powers to Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) from time to time for providing operational freedom and expedite decision making process by them.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri E. T. Mohammed Basheer in Lok Sabha today.


Saturday, March 12, 2016


Performance of Ordnance Factory Board

The supply target vis-à-vis achievement of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) during last three years is given below:
RE Target

The factual data shows marginal shortfall, which is on account of reasons like delay in receipt of input from trade sources both indigenous and import origin, capacity constraints in some areas, non-realization of advance from Police units and civil market for arms and weapons, delay in indents for logistic vehicles, Non receipt of Bulk Production Clearance etc.

CAG audit has indicated instances of advance Issue of Vouchers.  These are, however, an exception.  The cases of Advance Issue Vouchers mentioned by CAG Audit have been examined in consultation with OFB for necessary corrective action.  Principal Controller of Accounts (Factories) has instructed branch Accounts Offices not to accept Issue Vouchers without dispatch details.  With the introduction of payment of Excise Duties (ED) by the Ordnance Factories on their products from 1st June, 2015, Issues of the items are linked with Excise Gate Pass thereby eliminating instances of Advance Issue Vouchers.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Ram Charitra Nishad in Lok Sabha today.


Saturday, February 06, 2016

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Incentive Scheme for the employees of Ordnance factories-BPMS



CENTRAL OFFICE: 2-A, NAVEEN MARKET, KANPUR – 208001, PH & FAX : (0512) 2332222
MOBILE: 0915733686, 09235729390, 09335621629,



Dated: 02.02.2016


Shri S C Bajpai,
Avadi, Chennai.

Subject: Incentive Scheme for the employees of Ordnance factories.

Respected Sir,

With due regards, it is submitted that all the 03 recognized federations have already reflected their views and recommended to extend the existing incentive scheme (incentive bonus) for examiners deputed for quality control at par with the maintenance workers in Ord & Ord Equipment Factories.

It is learnt that all the Ord & Ord Equipment Factories have also submitted the necessary inputs to the OFB in response to OFB letter No.754/PER/POLICY(PT), Dated 23.11.2015, 02.12.2015 & 17.12.2015 on the subject matter. Since then, the beneficiaries (examiners) are eagerly waiting for the compliance of the recommendations.

In such circumstances, you are requested to take appropriate action expeditiously so that the examiners may get the incentive bonus at par with the maintenance workers without further delay.

Thanking you.

Sincerely yours
Secretary/BPMS &
Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD

Thursday, July 30, 2015

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Relaxation of Age in recruitment of Industrial Employees in OFB-BPMS


REF: BPMS / OFB / RR / IEs / 22 (7/2/L)
Dated: 28.07.2015

The DGOF & Chairman,
Ordnance Factory Board,
10 A, S K Bose Road,
Kolkata – 700001

Subject: Relaxation of Age in recruitment of Industrial Employees.

Respected Sir,

With due regards, it is submitted that applications from eligible citizens of India are being invited by Ordnance & Ordnance Equipment Factories for filling up the vacancies in Group ‘C’ Industrial Employees (IEs) in the Pay Band of Rs. 5200 – 20200, Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- plus allowances as admissible to Central Government employees. As per Recruitment Rules (SRO) the age of the candidates should be between 18 to 32 years and as per OFB/MOD instructions age relaxation is granted for Ex-Trade Apprentices of Indian Ordnance Factories the period for which they had undergone training under the Apprentices Act, 1961.

Due to above relaxation, an Ex-Trade Apprentice of general category of Ord Fy gets 03 yrs age relaxation and he is eligible to apply for the Semi Skilled post upto the age of 35 (32 + 03) yrs, whereas a general candidate after passing National Trade Certificate (NTC) from any ITI undertakes his Apprenticeship of 01 year from any Ord Fys may get age relaxation of 01 year and he is eligible to apply for the same post upto the age of 33 (32+01) years only. This discrimination of age relaxation is causing discontentment amongst the Ex-Trade Apprentices of Ord Fys.

Therefore, you are requested to issue necessary instructions regarding age relaxation for recruitment of Semi-Skilled so that Ex-Trade Apprentices whether they have undergone entire apprenticeship of 03 yrs in Ord Fys or they have undergone apprenticeship of 01 year in Ord Fys after passing 02 yrs NTC from ITI may be equally benefitted and age relaxation may be granted for the period of training obtained from ITI plus apprenticeship in Ord Fys, i.e., eligible upto the age of 32 + 2+1= 35 yrs.

Thanking you.

Sincerely yours
General Secretary

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Recruitment of Industrial Employees from Ex-Trade Apprentice of Ord Fys.


REF: BPMS/OFB/RR/IEs/22(7/2/L)
Dated: 29.07.2015

The Director (IR),
Ordnance Factory Board,
10 A, S K Bose Road,
Kolkata – 700001

Subject: Recruitment of Industrial Employees from Ex-Trade Apprentice of Ord Fys.

Reference: OFB ID No. 570/Per/I/Pt.54/294/Vol.IV, dated 24.06.2015

Respected Sir,

With due regards, it is submitted that Sub Section (1) of Section 22 of the Apprentice Act,
1961 has been amended and notified in Gazette of India on 05.12.2014 which states as under:-

“Every employer shall formulate its own policy for recruiting any apprentice who has completed the period of apprenticeship training in his establishment”.

In such circumstances, OFB should formulate its policy for giving preference to its own extrade apprentices in recruitment of Semi Skilled (Tradesman) in Ord Fys in following manner :-

1. The factories shall maintain the batch wise / trade wise seniority list of ex-trade apprentices of their own factory. Marks obtained in the examination for National Apprenticeship Certificate should be determining factor of intra batch/trade wise seniority. As and when vacancies arise and factories are permitted to make direct induction, in the first instance, ex-trade apprentices of their own factories will be considered for recruitment.
Only trade test would be conducted to ascertain whether the ex-trade apprentice is fit for the employment.

2. If the factory fails to meet the requirement of candidates for recruitment from the list of their ex-trade apprentices maintained either because of exhausting the list or because of the unsuitability / ineligibility of the ex-trade apprentices in the list, the factory may notify such number of vacancies as required by them to the Employment Exchange.

3. Simultaneously, the factory will have to notify the vacancies in Newspapers / Employment News. While notifying the vacancies to the Employment Exchange or in the Newspaper a mention will be made to the effect that ex-trade apprentices of Ord Fys would be given preference in recruitment.

Kindly consider the above view in correct perspective and take appropriate action so that extrade apprentices of Ord Fys may be preferred in the recruitment of Semi Skilled (Tradesman) in OFB organization.

Thanking you.

Sincerely yours
General Secretary


Friday, July 24, 2015

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Self Reliance in Defence Production

The Defence Production Policy promulgated in 2011, aims at achieving substantive self-reliance in the design, development and production of equipment, weapon systems, platforms required for defence in as early a time frame possible; creating conditions conducive for the private industry to take an active role in this endeavour; enhancing potential of SMEs in indigenisation and broadening the defence R&D base of the country.

In pursuance of the Policy of achieving substantial self-reliance in Defence Production, the Government has taken several initiatives to promote participation of domestic defence industries in Defence Production and Procurement. These include, preference to ‘Buy (Indian)’ and ‘Buy & Make (Indian)’ categories of acquisition over ‘Buy (Global)’, liberalisation of FDI and Industrial Licensing Policy, Level Playing Field in respect of Customs / Excise Duties between private sector and the public sector, etc.

The policy of achieving self-reliance in Defence Production is pursued through various policy initiatives, as mentioned above, and no specific fund allocation for the purpose has been made. However, the Government in the Union Budget 2014-15 has announced setting up of a Technology Development Fund with an initial sum of Rs.100crore for providing financial support to Indian industry, including SMEs as well as Academic, Scientific and Research & Development (R&D) Institutions for development of defence equipment / systems that enhances cutting edge technology in the country.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shrimati Vasanthi M in Lok Sabha today.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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Grant of HRA/CCA at Hyderabad Rates to the Defence Civilian Employees working at Ordnance Factory Medak-NC JCM

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New DelhI — 110001
E Mail :

Shiv Gopal Mishra

Date: June 30, 2015
The Joint Secretary(Pers.)
Department of Expenditure,
North Block,
New Delhi-110 001

Dear Madam,

Sub: Grant of HRA/CCA at Hyderabad Rates to the Defence Civilian Employees working at Ordnance Factory Yeddumailaram (Medak) and Eddumailaram (Census Town), Medak

Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide ID No. 2(2)12007/E-li (B) dated 19.02.2007 have informed MoD that the MoD should checkup the matter with the State Government/Local Authorities to confirm whether Yeddumailaram (Medak) and Eddumailaram (Census Town), Medak are two different cities or both are one and the same. It was further clarified that if it happen to be the same city then HRA / CCA is already admissible at Hyderabad rates being part of Hyderabad (UA). Accordingly, Ministry of Defence after consulting the State Government Authorities have issued instructions vide ID No. 6(6)/2005 D (Civ.) dated 16.05.2007 clarifying Yeddumailaram (Medak) and Eddumailaram (Census Town). Medak are one and the same city and accordingly they are eligible for HRA / CCA as applicable to Hyderabad (UA).

Ministry of Finance vide its ID No. 2(2)/2007-E-li(B) dated 01.12.2014 have advised Ministry of Defence that payment of HRA at Hyderabad rates to the employees of Ordnance Factory Yeddumailaram (Medak) and Eddumailaram (Census Town), Medak may be stopped with immediate effect. Accordingly, Ministry of Defence have issued instructions to Ordnance Factory Board to immediately reduce the rate of HRA to the above employees from existing 30% to 10%.

In this regard it is stated that Eddumailaram (Census Town) was declared / treated as Urban (i.e. Census Town) at 2001 Census vide Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Director of Census Operation Letter No. 4646/Census CeIl/2001 dated 12.08.2002 (copy enclosed for ready reference) Moreover, as per the publication of Government of Andhra Pradesh regarding concept of Urban Agglomeration defined in Chapter 1 of introduction, concepts and definitions, jurisdictional changes, Rural – Urban Frame Andhra Pradesh in Para 1.3.7 it is clearly mentioned that the Medak District falls within the Urban Agglomeration of Hyderabad (UA).

In view of the above Department of Expenditure is requested to re-examine the whole issue in terms of the supporting documents stated in the Preceding Para and arrange to issue instructions to continue 30% HRA for the Defence Civilian Employees of Ordnance Factory Yeddumailaram (Medak) and Eddumailaram (Census Town), Medak.

This issue may please be considered seriously and urgently since the Defence Production Unit is facing serious industrial unrest owing to stoppage of HRA at par with Hyderabad (UA) rates.

An early decision is solicited.

Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary(Staff Side)

Source :NC JCM
Input from gservants

Monday, July 13, 2015

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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Ordnance Factory Board
Ayudh Bhavan
10A, Shaheed Kmudiram Bose Road, Kolkatta – 700 001


Date: 3/07/2015

1) The All Sr. General Managers / General Managers / All Head of Units, Ordnance & Ordnance Equipment Factories.

2) The Sr.Prinicpal Director, NADP, Ambajhar, Nagpur.

Sub : Eligibility for LDCE for the post of Supervisor (NT)-reg.

In compliance with the rules contained in the SRO 30 dated 14.07.2010 & SRO 58 dated 19.07.2012, it is re-iterated in the following for information to all concerned in order to remove doubt and ambiguity arising out of it regarding the eligibility conditions for LDCE for the post of Supervisor (NT). An extract from the above mentioned SROs has been reproduced below : –

“Twenty five per cent by Limited Departmental Competitive Examination from amongst Non-Industrial employees in or above the pay Band -1 Rs. 5200-20200 (Grade pay Rs.1800) but below the pay Band-1 Rs. 5200-20200 (Grade pay Rs.2400) with three years regular service in the pay Band -1 Rs. 5200-20200 (Grade Pay Rs.1800) and possessing the necessary educational qualification for direct recruitment failing which by direct recruitment”.

In view of the above, it is stated that an applicant/employee for LDCE for the post of Supervisor (NT) has to complete three years of regular service in or above the pay Band -1 Rs.5200 – 20200 (Grade Pay Rs.1800) but below the pay Band-1 Rs. 5200- 20200 (Grade pay Rs.2400) as an Non-industrial employee within the crucial date as determined for a particular Limited Departmental Competitive Examination.


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Night Duty Allowance & Night Shift Bonus in OFB

Night Duty Allowance

201. Industrial employees working on night shifts are eligible for Night Duty allowance on the basis of weightage of 10 minutes for every hour of night duty performed between 22.00 hours and 6.00 hours at the rates specified in the Government orders Issued from time to time. For calculation of weightage, duty for less than half an hour shall be ignored and, duty for half an hour and more but less than one hour shall be reckoned as one full hour. The rounding off of fractions of an hour shall be made with reference to the, actual hours of night, duty performed in a month (i.e. wage period) and not on daily basis. Night duty allowance not be admissible during overtime hours if any falling within the night duty hours. The allowance will not be treated as `Pay' for purpose of piece work earnings or for other allowances admissible to the employees. The night duty allowance payable to the industrial employees shall be booked to work order number 02/00003/00 and the work order is exempt from DA levy.

Note: - In the muster rolls, the period of night shift indicating the time of commencement and closing of such a shift in respect of workers on night duty should be specifically indicated by the factory.

The net hours of work between 22.00, hrs and 6.00 hrs. performed by the workers daily during the normal hours of night shift duty (i.e. after excluding the period of recess, shift leave, overtime etc. during that period) ',which hours qualify for night duty allowance should be shown separately in muster roll and progressive weekly and monthly Carried over as done in the case of normal booking, of attendance.

Night Shift bonus

196. A night shift represents the hours worked between the termination of the day shift and the normal opening hours of the next day. The piece workers who Perform overtime work under Departmental rules in the night shift will be paid an extra half hour pay termed as 'Night shift bonus' calculated at the hourly rate of 1/200 of the monthly basic pay plus dearness allowance, special pay, personal pay, pension (to the extent taken into account for fixation of pay in the case of re-employed pensioners) and city compensatory allowance for every hour of systematic overtime under Departmental Rules worked on the Night shift in addition to their piece yearnings. This element is not admissible to day workers.


Friday, March 13, 2015

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Ordnance Factories should be corporatized into a single corporation under leadership of a competitive management-Kelkar Committee

Ordnance Factories

Kelkar Committee had recommended that “Ordnance Factories should be corporatized into a single corporation under leadership of a competitive management. This corporation should be accorded the status of Navratna”.

The following steps have been taken by the Government on research and development initiative for innovation and import substitution in last one year:

To avoid the delay in processing of R&D projects at Ordnance Factory Board Headquarters (OFBHQ), financial powers have been delegated to all levels.

Factories have been given target to increase the expenditure on R&D activities to 3% of their turnover by the year 2018-19 in a phased manner.

Factories are being encouraged to associate themselves with reputed Academic Institutes for Research Assistance.

Core technologies have been identified for 12 Ordnance Factories to put in more focused efforts to cope up with Technology denial regime.

Joint working on some of the large projects with Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) from the inception stage and to render manufacturing assistance, wherever required by DRDO is being encouraged.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Gaurav Gogoi and others in Lok Sabha today.


Monday, March 02, 2015

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No Corporatization of Ordnance Factories-Defence Minister

D.O. No. 737/VIP/RM/2015

7 Feb, 2015
Dear Shri MP Singh Ji,

I am in receipt of your letter dated 2nd January, 2015 expressing your apprehension about corporatisation of Ordnance Factories and purchase of Bullet Proof Jackets from the private sector.

I would like to inform you that at present there is no proposal from Ministry of' Defence for corporatizing Ordnance Factories. However, it is imperative to strengthen the functioning of Ordnance Factory Board with greater autonomy in order that Ordnance Factories become more productive and efficient in their functioning.

As far as the news item about purchase of Bullet Proof Jackets from private sector is concerned, I am having the same looked into.

With regards,
Yours sincerely,
(Manohar Parrikar)

Shri MP Singh
General Secretary
Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh
2-A Navin Market
Kanpur - 1

Copy forwarded along with enclosures to:-

Raksha Mantri has desired that this may please be examined and factual position be put up to him along with a suitable draft reply.
(R.K. Jaiswal)
US, RM’s Office
10 February, 2015


Saturday, January 31, 2015

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More Autonomy to be Given in Decision Making to DPSUs and OFBs for Better Performance: Parrikar

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar today said MoD would be bringing about major changes in the Defence Procurement Procedure and the Defence Production Policy to provide greater autonomy to the Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) units for their expansion and diversification.

Addressing the Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry, here, he said, we need to delegate powers to DPSUs to enable them to take decisions so that they improve the serviceability of the platforms available to the Armed Forces. “Every machine in operation is like adding an additional equipment. DPSUs will be provided support but they must think like a commercial organisation”, he said.

Referring to the Make in India Procedure in Defence, Shri Parrikar said it needs further improvement. Defence industry in India is a unique industry where the only customer is the Services.

The Meeting discussed in detail the performance of the 41 Ordnance factories and 9 DPSUs.

Taking part in the discussions, Members of Parliament wanted to know whether the Government has drawn up a clear roadmap to reduce Defence imports. Some members felt that there was a concerted campaign to denigrate the public sector and to promote the private sector. They felt that unlike consumer products, the design and development of defence product has a long gestation and the contribution of DPSUs has to be appreciated in that light.

They expressed the view that the private sector must be promoted in a big way, but not at the cost of the public sector.

Members of Parliament who attended the meeting included Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Shri Raj Kumar Singh, Shri Anil Shirole, Prof. Saugata Roy, Shri P Nagarajan, Shri Kirti Vardhan Singh, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Shri VP Singh Badnore, Dr. Mahendra Prasad, Shri Veer Singh, Shri TK Rangarajan, Shri Bhupender Yadav, Shri HK Dua and Ms Ambika Soni.

The Defence Secretary Shri RK Mathur, Secretary Defence Production Shri G Mohan Kumar, Secretary, ESW, Shri PD Meena also attended the meeting.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Govt. planning to corporatise ordnance factories

The plan is to initially corporatise about 10 ordnance factories and turn them into Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) to make them more accountable and increase their capabilities, sources in Defence Ministry said.

Those under consideration are the cloth making and equipment factories in the Kanpur belt. A note on this matter has already been circulated in the highest echelons of the government and the proposal is likely to get the government nod by April, the sources added.

These factories are into manufacturing personnel clothing, parachute material, small arms, metallurgical equipment, shells and other such equipment.

The move comes close on the heels of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar promising a major overhaul of the DRDO and defence production units.

This is not for the first time though that corporatisation of ordnance factories is being considered. In the UPA I regime too, the government mooted such a proposal in accordance with the recommendations of the Vijay Kelkar committee towards increasing self-reliance in defence preparedness. However, the proposal did not go through due to opposition from trade unions.

In the blog of the Indian National Defence Workers Federation, its General Secretary, R. Srinivasan has stated that in a meeting with the Chairman, Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) at Kolkata, they learnt that the government was against further expansion of the ordnance equipment factories.

Mr. Parrikar had asked the OFB Chairman to focus on core-competency areas namely ammunition, hardware, armoured vehicles and artillery and in future ordnance factories have to compete with other firms for supplying equipment to the armed forces.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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All India Defence employees Federation opposes corporatisation of Ordnance Factories

Survey No.81, Or.Babasahab Ambedkar Road. Khadki, Pune — 411003.
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All India Defence employees Federation opposes corporatisation of Ordnance Factories

AIDEF convey it, Stand to the Defence Minister Shri.Manohar Parrikar

It is seen from the media report that the Government is considering the proposal to corporatised the Ordnance Factories. The 4 lakhs Defence Civilian Employees and their trade Unions have opposed any move of the Govt in the past to corporatised the Ordnance Factories, which is not in the interest of National Security of the country. Moreover the experien. with various Public Sector Units and corporation reveal that ultimately it will result in Privatisation. The Ordnance Factories are captive industry established for manufacturing Military Equipments including Tanks, Arms, Ammunitions, Vehicles and other troop comforts, strategic uniforms etc. Therefore the Defence Production Ordnance Factories should be under the control of Government. In this regard there are written agreement with the Federations of the Defence Civilian Employees by the then Defence Ministers, including the then Defence Minister, now Hon’ble President of India Shri.Pranab Mukherjee, that Ordnance Factories would not be corporatised. A delegation of AIDEF met Defence Minister Shri.Manohar Parrikar on 1.1/2015 and conveyed the views of the employees that Ordnance Factories should not be privatised. The Ordnance Factories should not be privatised in view of the agreernent with the recognised Federations. The Defence Minister has assured that he will call a meeting of the 3 Federations after 15. of Feb. 2015 to discuss the entire issues until such time no decision would taken in this regard.

In the meantime the recognised Federations and Associations of Defence Civilian Employees are meeting on the 27, of Jan. 2015 to consider the development and the proposal of the Defence Ministry and to take further course of action to fight against any move of the Government to corporatise the most Stratigical Defence Industry, the 41 Ordnance Factories.

General Secretary

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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Recruitment of Ex-Trade Apprentices in Ordnance Factories: Compliance of the amended provisions of The Trade Apprentices Act, 1961.


REF: BPMS /OFB / Trade Apprentice / 228(8/3/L)
Dated: 09.01.2015
The DGOF & Chairman,
Ordnance Factory Board,
10 A, S K Bose Road,

Subject: Recruitment of Ex-Trade Apprentices in Ordnance Factories: Compliance of the amended provisions of The Trade Apprentices Act, 1961.

Respected Sir,

With due regards, it is submitted that the Apprentices (Amendment) Bill, 2014 was introduced in Lok Sabha on 07th August, 2014 and passed on 14th August, 2014 and the Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha on 26.11.2014. Prior to this amendment it was not obligatory on the part of the employer to offer any employment to any apprentice who had completed the period of his apprenticeship training in his establishment, nor it was obligatory on the part of the apprentice to accept an employment under the employer. This was one of the impediments which discouraged youth to join the apprenticeship training as they were not sure whether they would get employment after completion of the apprenticeship training.

It was felt that by making it obligatory on part of the establishment to give preference to apprentices at the time of regular recruitment could lead to unwanted litigations. Hence, Section 22 of the Apprentices Act, 1961 has been amended so that establishments may formulate their own policies for recruiting trained apprentices.

In such circumstances, the OFB instruction issued vide letter No. 570/A/I (Pt)/54/Vol.IV/294 dated 06.01.2011 has become irrelevant regarding the recruitment processes to the post of Industrial Employees (Semi-Skilled tradesmen).

Therefore you are requested to intervene into the matter so that the OFB’s instruction mentioned hereinabove may be withdrawn / cancelled and issue necessary directives to appoint the ex-trade apprentices of Ordnance Factories on batch wise seniority basis, without conducting any written examination in compliance with the provisions of the Apprentices (Amendment) Act, 2014 in letter and spirit by incorporating the same in the relevant Recruitment Rules.

Thanking you.

Sincerely yours
General Secretary

Friday, December 19, 2014

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Defence Production Units

Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) consisting of 41 factories and 9 Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) with 40 production units in the country are involved in the production of defence items. Besides this, Government has issued 222 number of Licenses to 131 public / private sector companies till 31.10.2014 for manufacture of wide range of defence items. 46 licensed companies covering 72 licenses have so far reported commencement of production.

Over a three year period, i.e. 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13, about 69% of the total capital and revenue requirement of the services was met through indigenous procurement.

The total number of employees deployed in Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and 9 Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) as on 31.10.2014 is approximately 1.65 lakhs. The data on people employed in private sector is not maintained in the Department.

Data related to production by the private companies is not maintained in the Ministry. Department of Defence Production has issued No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to Private Exporters for export of Military Stores for an amount of Rs.286 crore during the year 2013-14. 29 private sector companies are having FDI varying up to 26%.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Dr. Subhash Bhamre and Shri Kirti Azad in Lok Sabha today.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

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INDWF/Affiliated Unions/ACP-MACP/2014
Date 08.09.2014
All Affiliated Unions of INDWF
Ordnance Factories,

Dear Colleagues,

In the recent meeting of the OFB JCM III Level council held on 25th and 26th August, 2014 at OFB HQrs, Kolkatta. During the meeting, the Staff side raised the issue regarding proper implementation of financial upgradation under ACP/MACP. Some Factories implemented properly and some factories denied implementing the same. Accounts authorities also did not agree the proposals of Factories.

In this regard, it was agreed by the official side to convene the Admin/Personnel officers of Ordnance Factories at NADP, Nagpur alongwith Accounts Officials for which the issues of
ACP/MACP is required to be forwarded for discussion to Ordnance Factory Board within 10 days.

Therefore all the Unions are requested to submit the details of ACP/MACP issues unsettled immediately with reference to the orders on the subject.

— Upto 31.08.2008 — ACP under Financial upgradations is to be granted on Promotional Hierarchy ignoring the promotion granted prior to 01.01.2006 for the erstwhile Group D
employees and Labourer USK to Labourer SK.

— NIEs Group ‘D’ — Labourer SSK — then Tradesman SSK all should be ignored for ACP and their promotion to SK should also be ignored and 1st ACP should be Rs.2400 Grade Pay and 2nd ACP should be Rs.4200/- Grade Pay if they are eligible before 31.08.2008.

— NIEs Group ‘D’ categories like Peon, Duftry, Gestner Operator, Tracer etc., are eligible for promotions as per SRO of NIEs induding Durwans to supervisor and Chargeman. This has not been fully implemented, Whether this has been implemented If not what are the actions from the respective Factories.

— ACP till 31.08.2008 and MACP w.e.f. 01.09.2008 which is promotional hierarchy and Grade Pay hierarchy respectively whether this has been implemented/ Granted to the eligible employees.

Replies on each case may be sent with details and also the cases in addition if you are having may be sent by E-mail ( to the undersigned for forwarding
the same to OFB Hqrs.

Yours fraternally,
General Secretary

Source: INDWF

Friday, July 25, 2014

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Main Battle Tanks

The requirement for Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) for defence preparedness has been assessed and laid down in the Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP) document for the period 2012-2027. MBTs ARJUN Mark I have been manufactured indigenously and ARJUN Mark II is under development. The T-90 tanks are manufactured indigenously by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) under licensed production from Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to Shri KN Ramachandran in Lok Sabha today.


Monday, May 19, 2014

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Cadre Review of Clerical Staff in Ordnance Factorise Organisation.

KOLKATA – 700 001

Sub: Cadre Review of Clerical Staff in Ordnance Factorise Organisation.

After implementation of VIth CPC report by Government, there is a growing demand from Staff Side to review the cadre structure of clerical staff in the light of recommendations of VIth CPC and accordingly OFB has constituted a committee.

02. The recommendations of the Committee has been accepted by OFB and are summarised below…
(i) The number of posts of LDC and UDC is proposed to be 1700 each, which is the bare minimum at the lower level of the Clerical Cadre for smooth running of offices in the various Ordnance Factories.
(ii) The number of posts of Office Superintendent is proposed to be fixed at 1600 for efficient running of the higher hierarchy of the Clerical Cadre.
(iii) The number of posts of Junior Works Manager (NT/OTS) is proposed to be 30% of the strength of Office Superintendent for further strengthening of the top hierarchy of the Clerical Cadre and taking care of the genuine aspirations of the cadre.
(iv) The following rationalised structure is proposed…

S.No.  Post  Pay Band
Existing Sanc
tioned Strength 
sed Sanc
tioned Strength 
sed Sanc
tioned Strength
(excluding promo
 posts of Charg
sed perce
Existing Perce
 1  LDC  PB-1,
GP Rs.1900
 1682  1700  1700  31% 27.5%  
 2  UDC   PB-1,
GP Rs.2400
 2125  1700  1700  31%  35%
 3  Office Superin
 Rs.9300-34800 &
GP Rs.4200
 1857  1600  1600  29%  30%
 4  Junior
 Works Manager
 Rs.9300-34800 &;
 GP Rs.4800(5400 after 4 years)
 466  946*(480+466)  480**  9%**  7.5%
 5  Total  6130  5946 5480  100%   100%

*466 exclusively for promotion of Chargeman and 480 exclusively for promotion office Superintendent to JWM (NT/OTS).

**Exclusive promotional post of JWM from the feeder grade of Office Superintendent.
The financial implication of cadre restructuring is given in the table below…

 Post  Pay Band &; Grade Pay   Mid Point of the Pay Band+Grade Pay(Rs.) No, of Posts Proposed to be created or surrendered    Financial Implication per annum (Rs.) 
 LDC  PB-1, Rs.5200-20200 &; GP Rs.1900  14,600/-  (+)18 (1700 – 1682)  18 x 14600 x 12 = (+)3153600

 UDC  PB-1, Rs.5200-20200 & GP Rs.2400  15100/-  (-)425(2125 – 1700) (-)425 x 15100 x 12 = (-)77010000
 Office Superintendent   PB-2, Rs.9300-34800 & GP Rs.4200  26,250/-  (-)257(1857-1600)   (-)257 x 26250 x 12 = (-)80955000
 Junior Works Manager(NT/OTS)  PB-2, Rs.9300-34800 & GP Rs.4800(5400 after 4 years)  26,650/-  +480(946-466)  (+)480 x 26650 x 12 = 153504000

(v) Net savings due to this rationalisation is Rs.13,07,400/- (Thirteen Lakh Seven Thousand and Four Hundred only) per annum.

03. Copies of following letters quoted in the Cadre Review Committee report are also enclosed herewith for ready reference.

(i) Report of Cadre Review Committee.
(ii) DOP&T O.M.No.2/1/87-PP dated 23.11.1987.
(iii) Ministry of Finance O.M.No.5(3)/E-III/97 dt.07.01.1999
(iv) MOD letter No.44(1)2002/III/D(FY.II) dt.01.10.2005.
(vi) MOD Instruction No.34(19)/08/D(FY.II) dt.18.01.2011.
(vii) OFB order No.3265/6th CPC/IMPL/2011/A/NG dt. 04.02.2011.
04. Ministry of Defence is required to kindly approve the Cadre Review of Clerical Staff on priority.

05. This issues with the approval of DGOF & Chairman, OFB.

[Dr.(Smt.) Vani A.Singh]
For Director General, Ordnance Factories
Tele Fax No.033-2242-0972
Shri Sharda Prasad
Deputy Secretary,
Ministry of Defence,
D(Estt./NG), Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011.
OFB I.D. No.340/CADRE REVIEW/CLERCAL/A/NI dt. 13.02.2014.

Source: INDWF