MP moots ordnance factory

Congress Lok Sabha MP from Kaliabor Gaurav Gogoi today in the Lok Sabha suggested that the government should build an ordnance factory in Assam.

By Avishek Sengupta in Guwahati
  • Published 18.03.17
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Gaurav Gogoi 

Guwahati, March 17: Congress Lok Sabha MP from Kaliabor Gaurav Gogoi today in the Lok Sabha suggested that the government should build an ordnance factory in Assam.

During a debate on the Demand for Grants of the Defence Ministry, Gogoi, in his speech expressing concerns over the recent fire that broke out in the Calcutta-based Indian Ordnance Factory Board, said, "The recent fire in the ordnance factory is extremely worrying. We hope that the government conducts proper inquiry and shares the results on how vulnerable the factories are. We hope that a similar ordnance factory can be set up in Assam to cater to the air force squadrons which are operating there."

There are 41 ordnance factories in the country.

There are six air force stations in Assam. Gogoi said, "The infrastructure in airports and the air connectivity for civilians can be improved in Tezpur and Jorhat if they (air force) share their properties."

Gogoi, during the debate, suggested that the government set more Sainik Schools in other parts of Assam.

Rajya Sabha MP Ranee Narah sought information regarding the function of the Central Agriculture University in Imphal and the number of all the new and old colleges affiliated to it.

Sudarshan Bhagat, minister of state for agriculture and farmers welfare, in his reply said, "The function is for the development of agriculture and the advancement of learning, research and other allied science related to agriculture in the Northeast."

There are 13 colleges under the university.