Observed every year on March 18th in India, the Ordnance Factories’ Day marks the day when the oldest Ordnance Factory in the country, located at Cossipore in Kolkata, West Bengal was established in 1802. It is on this day that the Ordnance Factory, Small Arms Factory, Field Gun Factory, Ordnance Equipment Factory as well as the Ordnance Parachute Factory all celebrate with great pomp and excitement.
Popularly known as the Fourth Arm of Defence, the Ordnance Factories Board is one of the four arms of defence in the country, along with the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy. The history of Ordnance Factory and this day has its roots stuck deep into the times of the British Rule in India. In 1775, East India Company founded the Ordnance Board at Fort William In Calcutta. This was mostly because they had realised the importance that military hardware had when it came to increasing their powers, both political as well as social, in the country.
The National Ordnance Factories Day is quite important in India, especially since it is the need of the hour for every citizen of the country to know about the proper arms and ammunition required for the country’s security. Moreover, it is also important for them to know about the defence measures that the country is taking for its own safety.
Ordnance Factories’ Day Celebaration
The factories celebrate Ordnance Factories Day by putting up exhibitions and displaying guns, rifles, ammunitions, artillery and much more. Furthermore, these exhibitions are open to the public too. It is on this day when workers of all classes and departments within the various industrial weapons facilities take part in the occasions. The celebration of the Ordnance Factories Day in India usually starts with the flag hoisting ceremony and the singing of the National Anthem. Then, the workers start a parade, which is followed by the exhibitions. Moreover, one can also see the photographs of the many mountaineering expeditions displayed in the exhibitions.
In addition to this, the staff and employees also conduct discussions, seminars and talks regarding the development of new defence technology in the country. Finally, employees and workers also receive certain recognitions, rewards and awards for their dedication to their work and the industry.