A day-long con­fer­ence on the De­fence Pro­cure­ment Pro­ce­dure or­gan­ised by SP Guide Pub­li­ca­tions in col­lab­o­ra­tion with ORF in New Delhi on May 2 em­pha­sised on the need to stream­line our de­fence pro­cure­ment sys­tem to get the best equip­ment for our sol­diers an


SINCE ITS IN­TRO­DUC­TION IN 2002 and fol­lowed by sev­eral amend­ments till date, the De­fence Pro­cure­ment Pro­ce­dure (DPP) of In­dia has been a sub­ject of de­lib­er­a­tion amongst de­fence ex­perts, orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers ( OEMs), pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor en­ter­prises, etc. And de­spite be­ing a pro­gres­sive ver­sion, DPP 2011, has been a sub­ject of much de­bate, with de­mands for stream­lin­ing the pro­cure­ment pro­ce­dure com­ing from all quar­ters. Keep­ing this in view, SP Guide Pub­li­ca­tions in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ob­server Re­search Foun­da­tion (ORF) or­gan­ised a work­shop on DPP at Ho­tel Oberoi in New Delhi, on May 2.

The day-long con­fer­ence wit­nessed in­dus­tri­al­ists, diplo­mats, bu­reau­crats, pol­icy mak­ers, de­fence per­son­nel, politi­cians, etc pon­der­ing and talk­ing about “Stream­lin­ing the De­fence Pro­cure­ment Sys­tem”. The con­fer­ence be­gan with Lt Gen­eral (Retd) Nirb­hay Sharma, Dis­tin­guished Fel­low, ORF, em­pha­sis­ing on the need for trans­parency in the de­fence pro­cure­ment sys­tem.

Giv­ing his wel­come re­marks, Sun­joy Joshi, Di­rec­tor, ORF, ques­tioned, “Should DPP re­main aloof from strate­gic pa­ram­e­ters?” “Our do­mes­tic poli­cies to­day will de­fine the coun­try’s mil­i­tary en­vi­ron­ment in the fu­ture.”

Ravin­dra Gupta, for­mer Sec­re­tary, De­fence Pro­duc­tion and Chair­man Task Force on De­fence Mod­erni­sa­tion and Sel­f­Re­liance, gave out de­tails of the man­date of the Task Force set up by the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to fo­cus on is­sues per­tain­ing to de­fence mod­erni­sa­tion as well as self-re­liance. He said the fo­cus is on mod­erni­sa­tion and self-re­liance, and how to lever­age from both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor. He, how­ever, held that there is dif­fi­dence at all lev­els of gov­ern­ment to move smoothly and the self-re­liance in­dex has only moved slightly. “We have in­dulged in pur­chase and not ac­qui­si­tion. The ac­quir­ing ca­pa­bil­ity has not been ac­quired,” he said and added that un­for­tu­nately the po­lit­i­cal will for de­fence tech­nol­ogy is lack­ing and the Off­set clause has so far not been ex­ploited well.

A.K. Cho­pra, Fi­nan­cial Ad­vi­sor (De­fence Ser­vices), Min­istry of De­fence, ad­mit­ted that there are con­flict­ing in­ter­ests and a bal­ance has to be struck. He said that de­fi­cien­cies ex­ist both in the ser­vices and the bu­reau­cracy. He spoke about the road­blocks and the need

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