Rs 70 bn to be invested to set up 9 defence units in AP

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Four defence organisations, which are setting up nine units in Andhra Pradesh with an outlay of Rs 70 billion, will create 10,000 jobs, according to a Hindu Business Line report. The units, which are in various stages of completion, would also provide 25,000 indirect jobs, according to N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister.

He was addressing a gathering after laying foundation stone for Surface to Air Missile Defence Project along with the Minister of State for Defence, Pallam Raju.

The Chief Minister said Bharat Dynamics Ltd was setting up three units — Bharat Electronics Ltd (3 units); Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (2 units); while Mishra Dhatu Nigam will establish one unit in the State.

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Calling for efforts to equipping the youth with various job skills, he said Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu had been conceived to align skill development with education. “The programme is being implemented with the cooperation of the industries. Efforts are on to coordinate with the public sector undertakings that are setting up defence units in the State to get more jobs for local youth,” he said.

The programme is being implemented with a view to providing five lakh jobs every year. A mission had been set up with nine ministers and nine principal secretaries to Government to guide the programme.

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