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Quality Council of India to cover 1.25 million MSMEs with their ZED model in next five years

Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) maturity assessment model which was showcased at the DefExpo 2016 is an integral component of the Make In India initiative and is a flagship project of Quality Council of India which served as the knowledge partner of DefExpo 2016.

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Updated:April 4, 2016, 8:05 PM IST
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Quality Council of India to cover 1.25 million MSMEs with their ZED model in next five years
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Panaji: Hailed as Asia's largest Defence exhibition, the recently concluded Defexpo 2016 saw participation from 1055 registered companies from 47 nations. Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar focussed on the amended DPP aimed at empowering India's target of 'Make in India' policy.

Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) maturity assessment model which was showcased at the DefExpo 2016 is an integral component of the Make In India initiative and is a flagship project of Quality Council of India which served as the knowledge partner of DefExpo 2016.

ZED has been conceptualised to help the MSME sector improve their quality and environmental standards so that the goods manufactured in India are not returned to us. Also, the manufacturing is done in a way that it has zero effect on the environment.

The Quality Council of India plans to cover 26,000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the next two years under Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) model of which 6,000 would be from defence sector, a senior official said on Monday.

"For two years, we have a target of 26,000 MSMEs out of which 6,000 MSMEs are in defence sector alone which needs to be targeted," QCI Secretary General Dr Ravi P Singh said on the sidelines of Defence Expo in South Goa.

Singh further added, "With the new Defence Procurement Procedure recently released by the government, there is a huge opportunity for the Indian MSMEs to contribute to the 'Make In India' campaign. During the 12th plan period, government has promised us to give subsidy up to 70-80 per cent depending on what kind of and what size of MSME it is and they will go through this entire exercise of certification."

"What we expect that all these bigger companies which want to invest in India will have to source their small components from the Indian small and medium industries," Singh. That is where the model like ZED would be most essential. We will have to prepare same parts and components which the foreign players require.

We do understand that India is not competitive in defence manufacturing but once these companies start coming in there is onus on small and medium enterprises to step up, to increase their processes so that there is no defect in parts and components that you are making as well as you don’t impact the environment," he added on the lines of foreign companies participating at the Def Expo 2016.

The QCI during the Defence Expo launched ZED Maturity Assessment Model which is tailor-made for the companies in Defence sector.

He feels that 1.25 million MSMEs are going to be covered with the ZED model in the next five years.

He said, in all the 25 Make in India sector this model is there. "Defence is an additional model and for defence it is strategically very essential to have this kind of model because we cannot afford to have any failures in the defence either in ammunition or equipment," he said.

Secretary General of QCI concluded by saying that helping the cause of ZED is that 'Make in India' has come, "Entire eco-system is going to be built around it. If you need to export, you need to have same quality of product which is accepted in the importing countries. That is where ZED kind of model is very helpful, he said.

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