People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 17

April 29, 2007

‘Scrap Kelkar Committee Report’

Declaration By Convention Of Defence Employees 


THE Convention of the Organisations of Defence PSUs, Ordnance Factories, DRDO, DGQA etc. in a meeting held on April 21-22, 2007, in Bangalore strongly opposed the Kelkar Commtitee Report on Defence Industries of the country. 


The convention, held at Ghatge Convention hall in HAL, was a historic occasion when associations/unions of Ordnance factories, DRDO, DGQA and defence public sector undertakings came together to defend self-reliance in defence industry. The convention as inaugurated by M K Pandhe, president, CITU and addressed by H Mahadevan, deputy general secretary, AITUC, S N Pathak, president AIDEF, C Srikumar, Saila Bhattacharya, general secretaries, AIDEF, Sanjay Safari, president, Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh, D Ananthpadmanabha, JAF coordinator, Banglaore-based PSUs and D N Sudershan, Coordination Committee of Hyderabad PSUs. More than 250 delegates attended the convention. 


Dipankar Mukherjee, secretary, CITU, presented a background paper on Kelkar Committee, following which the delegates participated in the two-day deliberations. The convention noted with deep concern that inspite of the strong opposition of employees in defence sector, the UPA government is going ahead with part implementation of the Kelkar Commtitee Report which is against the self-reliance of the country and is aimed at dismantling of public assets of defence industries by facilitating entry of chosen private corporate sector, backed by MNCs, into defence production and related activities including R&D, QA etc. 


The convention unequivocally demanded the scrapping of the report for following reasons:


The convention therefore with one voice wanted the Kelkar Commtitee Report to be scrapped –– lock, stock and barrel. The convention called upon the government to make internal assessment of public sector defence organisations in consultation with trade union/associations to make them real centres for self-reliant defence sector in India. 


The convention decided to form a “Trade Union Forum For Self Reliance In Defence”. It called upon all defence trade unions/associations to observe May 9, 2007 as “Scrap Kelkar Commtitee Report Day”. The convention called upon all trade unions/associations to conduct conventions and seminars at all important centres demanding scrapping of Kelkar Commtitee Report. (INN)