How Industries in Kerala can hope to benefit from India’s entry to MTCR
In a world where peaceful mornings are increasingly turned into an unbearable expanse of cold bloodshed, the sanctity of human life in itself has become a habitual imprecation. As a leash to “control” more such impending terrors to humanity, MTCR amongst many other international pacts is one in which India, a rising nuclear power, chances an imminent entry.
MTCR – The trump card
The Missile Technology Control Regime(MTCR), established in April 1987, is a voluntary association of 34 countries and four unilateral adherents, presently, which aims to reduce the spread of missiles and other such unmanned delivery technology that could be used for chemical, biological and nuclear attacks, by following a few set rules. The regime urges members, to restrict export of such technology or that of any weaponry with mass destruction capabilities.
India’s membership into the MTCR, with a waiver in missile arsenal, that is to come through formally as soon as the next plenary meeting takes place, is one which might take the industrial forefront of the country by wind. With many industries based out along this little green patch in the south, the possibilities of them benefitting from the regime seems on the brighter side.
The obvious chunk of industries benefitting from this would be KMML, TTPL, BATL, DRDO etc., which has supplies that directly come under MoD listings. There lies before us, a plethora of possibilities to make use of the technological advancements in missile technology to good use.
Technology – Today, Tomorrow
Kerala, one of the major hubs to new end technological advancements in space science, communication and transportation forefronts, poses more chances of using the ditched efforts on missile technology for more socially viable efforts.
The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre(VSSC), boasting it’s new triumph on the Reusable Launch Vehicle(RLV), is one organisation capable of using the technology as well as the newly gained bank balance from MTCR, to enhance research and produce positive outputs from more such civil space projects, considering the fact that the guidance, targeting and flight systems are much similar in both cases. And to this great organisation back here at Thumba, it would be more than a feather to its crown.
An even interesting deal would be the six new nuclear reactors that are to come up in India, on account of the US-India Civil Nuclear Accord. This points us to a more pressing issue – power generation. National Thermal Power Corporation Limited, Kayamkulam, Kerala, a combined cycle power plant is one which will have increased benefits with the MTCR coming in. In a more realistic view of the matters at hand, power generation is one issue to be sorted out soon, with the Mullaperiyar issue threatening to break the ties any moment.
A value addition to the MTCR will be the increased production capabilities it can forge on the industrial clusters currently catering to service sectors such as communication and transportation of the state. With less pressure on missile emission and heavy war technology, which by nature requires substantial amount of time, energy and resources to get on with, only to be stored away to use later on brutish operations, the guess is that more thought will be given to sectors that can increasingly improve the livelihood of the people and promote industrial clusters to produce products and services for the greater good. As hopeful as anybody can be, good times lay ahead!