Vice Admiral Sunil Anand, AVSM, NM, controller of Logistics, Indian Navy was recently in the port city of Visakhapatnam wherein he participated as the chief guest at the Vendors conclave organized by the Material organisation, Visakhapatnam in association with CII Visakhapatnam chapter. Addressing the conclave Vice Admiral Anand stated that MSMEs play a crucial role in supplying to the Navy and that there are plethora of opportunities for MSMEs to further participate in. He however did acknowledge that delay in payments is an important concern of MSMEs and informed vendors and suppliers that the government understood their concerns and that the Indian Navy is taking steps to address this.
“It’s a contractual obligation on the part of the Indian Navy to make timely payments to MSMEs. MSMEs shouldn’t be burdened” said the Vice Admiral, Controller of Logistics, Indian Navy.
Citing budgetary constraints as the reason for delay in payments the controller of logistics urged vendors and suppliers to continue their good work in supplying to the Indian Navy.
Giving the welcome address Commodore MM Mohan Raju, NM Material superintendent (MS) material organization Visakhapatnam apprised the audience about the mandate and role of Material Organisations in providing logistics/material support to the warships, submarines and aircraft as well as establishments of the Indian Navy.
Mr J Srinivasa Raju, Vice Chairman of CII Visakhapatnam zone spoke on the humungous opportunities the defence forces presents to MSMEs. ‘Over a period of time the government intends to spend USD 130 billion on military modernization’ said Mr Srinivasa Raju. On behalf of the Indian Navy Lt Cdr Shashank Trivedi, Deputy Controller Procurement Material Organisation (Visakhapatnam) made a presentation on the procurement process and informed MSMEs that there are range of products that need to be procured hence presenting a huge opportunity for vendors and suppliers. ‘Participate in as many tenders as possible’ said the Lt Cdr.
On the expectations from MSMEs he classified them into 3: Timely Delivery, Quality of product and after sales support. He also highlighted some of the pertinent challenges faced by the vendors and suppliers. Often basic things such as non compliance to tender terms and conditions, lack of communication etc. from the MSMEs are things that need to be addressed he said.
Commodore Alok Kumar, Chief Quality Assurance Officer (EFS) elaborated on the QA (Quality Assurance) role in the procurement process. ‘Most MSMEs lack robust quality check processes’ said Commodore Alok.
The meet alsoencouraged entrepreneurs, MSMEs andStartups to get registered
onGovernment eMarket place (GeM)& Participate in indigenised manufacturing & development of products towardsreducing imports.
In the panel discussion vendors and suppliers got an opportunity to ask questions and clarify their issues/concerns in their operational dealings with the Navy.