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NATIONAL HONOUR: Defence Ministe r Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Raksha Mantri's Awards for Excellence to A.K. Baweja, Chairman HAL in New Delhi on Friday.
NATIONAL HONOUR: Defence Ministe r Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Raksha Mantri's Awards for Excellence to A.K. Baweja, Chairman HAL in New Delhi on Friday.

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``It is a good scheme and should be continued''

HAL rewarded for performance, exports, import substitution and innovation BEL rewarded for developing advanced land navigation systemMidhani technocrats rewarded for developing field and tank-mounted guns

NEW DELHI: Public sector defence units were given the Defence Minister's Awards for Excellence, 2003-04 on Friday.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) bagged both institutional awards for performance and exports. It also won the group/individual awards for import substitution and innovation. "This is a remarkable achievement for which HAL deserves to be complimented," said Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee. "This is a good scheme and should be continued to achieve the desired objectives."

Two innovation awards were bagged by Mishra Dhatu Nigam (Midhani) and Bharat Electronics Limited. The Nandambakkam unit of BEL was recognised for its design effort, while another unit got the best division award. Ordnance Factory Chanda was named the best performing factory.

The import substitution award went to HAL for developing software for mission computers in a record time of 10 months. Yogesh Kumar, P. L. Vaishampayan, S. P. Bhattacharya and Y. Kumar developed the software.

BEL's Nandambakkam unit, led by GL Pedro Vianney, got the design effort prize for developing an advanced land navigation system,which could not be imported due to sanctions. Other members of the team were, C. Kumar, C. Sengottuvelu, M. Mahesh Kumar, C. Ramesh, Hethi Rathinam, S. Lakshmi and S. Latha. Midhani technocrats were recognised for overcoming a capacity constraint to develop field and tank-mounted guns. The team included K. P. Singh, S. Narhari Prasad, A. D. Jambulkar, U.V. Saibaba and B. P. Naik.

BEL Jalahalli unit's S. Sivakumar, M. Balathandayuthapani, M. Hemavathy and M. Akila were awarded for developing a multi-utility citizen card verification system. K. K. Gupta, N. Seshadri and C. D. Upadhyaya of HAL were given the innovation award for improving the performance of Cheetah helicopter.


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