India govt withdraws excise, customs duty exemptions to Ordinance Factory Board, state-owned defense cos; move aimed at giving level playing field to local private cos, trade ministry says in statement.
- Move takes away strategic advantage enjoyed by state-run defense cos for quoting lower rates in open bids;
- Fulfilled demand of foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems that are actively exploring investments in India: statement
- Hope decision to stimulate big ticket investments, incentivize manufacturing
- PIB statement weblink
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