Ordnance Factory Board and its new structure

About Ordnance Factory Board (OFB):

  • It is an umbrella body of 41 Ordnance Factories.
  • Origin: In 1775, British authorities accepted the establishment of the Board of Ordnance in Fort William, Kolkata. This marked the official beginning of the Army Ordnance in India.
  • Nodal Ministry: It is currently a subordinate office of the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
  • Mandate: It provides a major chunk of the weapon, ammunition, and supplies for Indian armed forces, paramilitary forces, and police forces.
  • Headquarters: Kolkata, West Bengal

Dissolution and new structure of OFB:

  • 41 factories of OFB across the country will be dissolved into seven new Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSU) which will be 100% owned by the government.
  • The non-production units, including the training institutes, controllerates of safety, some regional offices and regional market centers which will come under operational control of the DPSUs.
  • These new entities will make products such as:
    • Ammunition and Explosives group for the production of ammunition
    • Vehicles group for the production of defence mobility and combat vehicles.
    • Weapons and equipment group-To make guns of different variety for security forces.
    • Troop comfort group- To make uniforms and specialised gears for forces.
    • Others include
  • All existing OFB employees will be transferred to the new corporate entities on a deemed deputation initially for a period of 2 years without altering their service as central government employees.
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