In his recent address at the National Metrology Conclave, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his government’s aim under its Make in India initiative is not to fill the global market with Indian products and establish economic dominance, but to ensure maximum customer satisfaction through Made in India products.
Instead of only focusing on mass production, the Prime Minister reiterated, focus will be on improving overall quality of the products so that they earn a reputation of being world-class.
On January 4, while laying the foundation of the National Environmental Standards Laboratory, Prime Minister Modi dedicated the national atomic timescale and the Certified Indian Reference Material (CIRM) programme to the nation. At the event he also confirmed that the nation will soon see the world’s biggest mass vaccination drive against Covid-19. The nation has recently successfully finished a mock drill for the vaccination programme to prepare its health officials for the massive campaign. With the government approving two indigenously made COVID-19 vaccines, the country has moved one step closer to mass immunisation.
Speaking on the CIRM programme, the Prime Minister expressed hope that the programme will help the manufacturing sector make heavy metals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and textiles with the help of a reference material system.
He said the Indian manufacturing industry shall take a consumer-oriented approach instead of a regulation-centric approach. This change in approach there will be a conscious effort towards creating a global identity for locally made products, starting from the grassroot level of the industry, particularly in the MSME sector.
By integrating the MSME sector further into the industrial mainstream, the Indian government wants to provide a local supply chain to foreign stakeholders in the Indian manufacturing sector.
CIRM will be used to calibrate measuring apparatus for evaluating measurement procedures needed to be done for the internal and external quality control methods taken up by laboratories and measurements.
With the national atomic time scale adopted, the accuracy of the Indian Standard Time (IST) has reached a maximum of 2.9 nanoseconds. The precise time – accurate up to nanoseconds – is maintained by atomic clocks in various countries, including India, where national measurement institutes measure and maintain time according to the time zones. In India, CSIR-NPL maintains the IST. The institute is currently working towards synchronising all the clocks around the country to reduce instances of cybercrime and improving the security of digital infrastructure.
The Prime Minister stated that the IST is now matching the International Standard Time by a gap of only three nanoseconds. This reduction of time gap will be helpful to national organisations such as ISRO, defence, weather and disaster management departments, among others.