February 28, 2024

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The Union Government has approved a plan for Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) Corporatisation.

About Ordnance Factory Board(OFB):

  • Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) 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
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