Today, I am bringing you story an organization which has showed exemplary performance and belief in the times of CoVID crisis. The time when world is facing an extreme world-wide crisis of pandemic, where each and every one is impacted economically, physically, mentally and emotionally. While many sovereigns are fighting this out and trying to save lives of many people, doctors have not rested for even a single minute, police forces are sweating in the summer sun and news reporters are trying to scrawl intelligently to spread awareness within general masses. Here is an organisation which has not only put itself at the pedestal of accepting challenge and re-engineer itself to support and garner the medical soldiers of the country. We are talking about, ‘Indian Ordnance Factories’ (briefly described below)
About Indian Ordnance Factories: It is an industrial organisation, functioning under the Department of Defence Production of Ministry of Defence, Govt. Of India. It is engaged in research, development, production, testing, marketing and logistics of a comprehensive product range in the areas of air, land and sea systems. This setup comprises 41 ordnance factories, 9 training institutes, 3 regional marketing centers and 4 regional controllerates of safety, which are spread all across the country. It employs over 85,000 employees and supports Indian armed forces, Indian Navy, Indian Airforce, Police Forces and various SAARC initiatives. The ordnance factories form an integrated base for indigenous production of defence hardware and equipment, with the primary objective of self reliance in equipping the armed forces with state of the art battlefield equipment. These defence civilians are undoubtedly the force behind armed forces and national security.
CoVID19 presented itself as a very different battlefield, where neither traditional weapons nor any other sort of artillery will be needed to fight it out. In such time, Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) led by Mr. Hari Mohan and his esteemed team took upon themselves to produce the medical equipment like hand sanitizers, PPE coverall suits, isolation tents and 3-ply surgical face masks for the country and medical fraternity. Inspiring, Innovating and Introducing a completely new product line and delivering it in within few weeks (3-4 Weeks) with industry wide acceptable quality standards, is praiseworthy. Team OFB has been tirelessly working with research teams, prototyping teams, production floors, health departments, and many vendors to provide and produce these products in India. While, the world is complaining about crippled supply chain and delayed imports, Team OFB has shown outstanding efforts to set an example for all of us on ‘Self-Reliance’. It takes great men to realign-re-engineer-redeploy time and effort to achieve towering success like Team OFB.
So far so, Team OFB has fostered an industry wide revolution in producing warfare to safeguard people and national interest. This revolution has mushroomed an industry where India will not only be self-sufficient to engage CoVID but also help countries to fight the situation. Such initiatives showcase a sacred Indian ideology “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam“, which mean the world is one big family.
Details of each of the products and team efforts of the teams are well summarized by Mr. Hari Mohan, DGOF and Chairman of OFB in the following interview to RajyaSabha TV.
What do we learn from it ?
- Commitment to National Service in times of need is not only recognized but also remembered for a very long time.
- Teamwork is pivotal to any success.
- This example is true embodiment of 4 C principle ‘Courage-Conviction-Confidence-Commitment’.
- Nothing is Impossible.
- Challenge crafts new creases
With this blog, I am conveying a Grand Salute to these Engineers, Technocrats and Bureaucrats to achieve self-reliance in such a short span.
Kudos to Teamwork and ‘Can-do’ attitude.