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