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Government Sacks High Ranking Ordnance Factories Service Officers For ‘Unsatisfactory Performance’

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  1. lca-fan

    lca-fan Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Government Sacks High Ranking Ordnance Factories Service Officers For ‘Unsatisfactory Performance’
    Published September 1, 2017 SOURCE: Swarajya
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    The Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence has sacked 13 high ranking Group ‘A’ officials in the Indian Ordnance Factory Services (IOFS) for ‘unsatisfactory performance’ as as part of a major effort to improve the performance of the organisation. Officers of the IOFS are responsible for the management of the Indian Ordnance Factories, which handles defence production capabilities in India.

    In a press communique issued by the defence wing of the Press Information Bureau (PIB), the department stated that it was taking various steps to ensure accountability in the IOFS to ensure that quality products are delivered to the armed forces in a timely manner.

    This development comes just days after Defence Ministry announced much-awaited reforms in the Army. One of the major reforms include redeployment and restructuring of approximately 57,000 posts of officers, junior commissioned officers (JCOs), and officers of other ranks (ORs) who will be used for improving operational preparedness. Civilian posts will also be restructured and they will be redeployed in different wings of the Armed Forces for improving efficiency.

    There are 39 Ordnance Factories already functioning and another twofactories are in the process of being set-up. Despite the infrastructure, the factories have largely failed to deliver quality products to the armed forces.

    http://idrw.org/government-sacks-high-ranking-ordnance-factories-service-officers-for-unsatisfactory-performance/ .
     
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    ashkum2278 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Finally some steps in the right direction. This will probably bring about a change in the Sarkari Babu's work ethics, thereby increasing productivity & making them accountable. Further measures such as projects being granted with a definitive time frame for delivery & quality assurance checks and balances in place. Monetary penalties should be levied on officers and staff members for not delivering the products in time. OFB's must come under PMO. Direct participation of IA, IAF, IN must be made mandatory, so that all products are delivered and produced as per the forces guidelines and requirement. A dedicated team should be aligned with OFB for each project, to oversee and provide real time feedback so that relevant improvements/changes can be made during production itself. Indepth analysis of work force management & processes should be done so that malpractices, un-necessary duplication of work, quality assurance and processes such as under utilization of workforce can be corrected by conducting surprise audits bi-annually.
     
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    lca-fan Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Here are the reservation quota chaap ordnance Factory's achievements:

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    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    The bell at least works!
     
  5. Hellfire

    Hellfire Devil's Advocate Staff Member MODERATOR

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    When the government talks of reducing the distance between teeth and tail (the latter is way too long and unwieldy), it also includes those who are being paid out of the Defence Head and are in the true sense, NPAs.

    There is an exercise to trim the Military Engineering Services, a civil work force, which has more HAGs and cadre getting NFU, than the Army. The work force is not cost effective as the pension etc is extended to them. I hope the government takes a pragmatic look at these NPAs in OFB too, which are similarly paid out of Defence Head and only put up paper items.
     
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    lca-fan Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    You HIT the NAIL right on the HEAD..............

    The entire defence structure still works on British Era structure and is obsolete in current scenario, like we still used to have military dairy farms with cows which have just now been scrapped. Imagine military maintaining cows for milk when it is abundantly available in open market. There are several other cases like these. Military should be relieved of these. A leaner and meaner military is a necessity......

    Further a ruthless privitization of DPiSU is required to improve quality of existing weapons, accountability and R&D for newer weapons. In addition armed forces too should be involved in weapons R&D like we have Naval Ship design center for navy, we should also have Fighter Aircraft & Drones design center for Air force and arms & ammunition design center for Army...............
     
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    zebra7 Captain FULL MEMBER

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    Just for the record, and my own knowledge, please ellaborate, how a Brigadier who had only studied the Military studies, made incharge, could handle the Management of the production and Repair unit, in many of which the Civilians/Civil-defence personal works -- Any in many Unions and internal politics do tends to work in parallel.
     
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    Hellfire Devil's Advocate Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Am actually confused as to what you were deriving at. However, am yet to find an instance wherein a Brigadier who has studied only 'Military Studies' is made incharge of technical divisions. Example: No Infantry Officer is made incharge of the Signals Division without having a technical officer in-charge, in which case, the officer in charge is merely an administrative head and not the executive head for the project.

    I hope you are aware that the Army gets it's officers trained in their field - Engineers have Engineers as Officers, who have done M.Tech from IIT in many instances, same with Signals, same with EME, same with Ordnance, where trainee officers (newly commissioned from NDA/IMA) do their Degree Courses before they are even allowed to do any other work.

    For example, a boy passes class 12 with science in subjects and takes B.Sc. in NDA. Then undergoes military training simultaneously till commissioning after one year at IMA. Then, if the officer is in Technical Arms, he proceeds for his basic course - Signal Officers Degree Course, Engineer Officers Degree Course, a SSC Medical Officer goes for Medical Officer's Basic Course (to learn to be an officer :)) etc. Only then, after they are trained in their basic degree, do they proceed to next phase - posting with a unit.

    Then, the officer goes for M.Tech in concerned field. And also, by 6-8 years, appears at Staff College Course (Technical Arms Officers have more preference of Technical Staff Officer's Course), and also various management courses which are undertaken at College of Material Management for AOC, CME for Engineers etc.

    Of course, this does not include the courses conducted by College of Defence Management at Secunderabad, which teaches both intermediate management and Higher Defence Management Courses (the latter for Colonels and equivalents).

    As for management being taught at Army, let's see the heads and duties as assigned with appointment:

    1. Supply Chain Management - Quarter Master duties
    2. Accounting & Finance - Accounts Officer
    3. Human Resource Management - Adjutant/Company Commander
    4. Project Planning & Execution - Adjutant/Company Commander
    5. Training - Adjutant/Second-in-Command of the unit.
    6. Public Relations - PRO in higher headquarters, all Principal Staff Officers at unit levels.
    7. Inventory Management - Quarter Master
    8. Strategic Finance - Quarter Master (in conjunction with Q Branch of higher headquarters where in roll on plans for project execution for financial years are planned under both Capital and Revenue heads)


    I am sure you can appreciate that I can go on about this.
     
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    this was due for a long time, there is no accountability in these factories, they r into manufacturing non essential items which r not core to a ordinance factory, what has silly items like, mosquito coils, clothing, bolts & nuts has to do with them, the employees r not skilled, they r unproductive, even a blacksmith makes better work than a over payed ordinance factory worker, when it comes to officers, they r white elephants, they have been like this for ever because no one asked them anything, they worked like sultans of their own empire making unproductive work, still having the residual equipments left by the British in WWII, what we need now is that it's run like a corporate enterprise, all the unproductive items should be windedup & concentrate on only military related production.
    look at the new sniper rifle manufactured by RICHARD it looks so ugly, where is the ergonomics, why do they make them so crudely, is everything taken for granted only to keep these factories open, it seems the management wants these factories kept open only for their job guarantee rather than being any use to our military, it's a pathetic situation.
     
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    I ment new sniper rifle manufactured by RFI (Rifle Factory Ishapore)
     

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