October 2017 \ Interviews \ POLITICAL INTERVIEW
“BHEL has made ground-breaking achievements”

Mr Anant Geete is a political stalwart who has represented the Shiv Sena very ably in Parliament—he has been elected MP six times between 1996 and 2014—and as a Minister in the NDA Government. Credit for much of the political camaraderie that exists between the BJP and the Shiv Sena at the Centre goes to Mr Geete for things have not always been hunky dory between the two parties in Maharashtra. Back in the days of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government, Mr Geete had been Union Power Minister. Now having completed three years as Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Mr Geete is easily one of the senior-most faces in a Cabinet rank in the Narendra Modi Government. India Empire had featured him on the cover in the December 2015 edition. In this issue, he responds to a few questions from the magazine once again:

                                           Mr Anant Gangaram Geete,

                        Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises 

You led the way for the construction of TAGMA Centre for Excellence and Training at Chakan, Pune. This will, of course, go a long way in enhancing the Make in India initiative of Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. What is the progress on that front?

Common Engineering Facilities Centre (CEFC) is being set up at Chakan, Pune at the cost of Rs.51.92 crore with grant from DHI for Rs.26.27 crore. The facility is being set up for enhancing the capabilities of the Indian Tooling fraternity engaged in making tools and gauges primarily for the automotive industry including OEMs, tier 1, and tier 2 companies. This project will benefit 200 MSMEs, which would be able to utilize the high end machines at a single place by paying the user charges.

The facility is proposed to have the following key


  • Design and Training Centre
  • Tooling and Machining Services
  • Try out and Validation – Stamping services
  • Try out and Validation – Moulding services
  • Skill Development Centre