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De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar re­cently said MoD would be bring­ing about ma­jor changes in the De­fence Pro­cure­ment Pro­ce­dure and the De­fence Pro­duc­tion Pol­icy to pro­vide greater au­ton­omy to the de­fence public sec­tor un­der­tak­ings (DPSUs) and Ord­nance Fac­tory Board (OFB) units for their ex­pan­sion and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion. Ad­dress­ing the Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee at­tached to his Min­istry, he said, we need to del­e­gate pow­ers to DPSUs to en­able them to take de­ci­sions so that they im­prove the ser­vice­abil­ity of the plat­forms avail­able to the armed forces. “Ev­ery ma­chine in op­er­a­tion is like adding an ad­di­tional equip­ment. DPSUs will be pro­vided sup­port but they must think like a com­mer­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion”, he said.

Re­fer­ring to the ‘Make in In­dia’ Pro­ce­dure in de­fence, Par­rikar said it needs fur­ther im­prove­ment. De­fence in­dus­try in In­dia is a unique in­dus­try where the only cus­tomer is the Ser­vices. The meet­ing dis­cussed in de­tail the per­for­mance of the 41 ord­nance fac­to­ries and nine DPSUs.

Tak­ing part in the dis­cus­sions, Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment wanted to know whether the gov­ern­ment has drawn up a clear roadmap to re­duce de­fence im­ports. Some mem­bers felt that there was a con­certed cam­paign to den­i­grate the public sec­tor and to pro­mote the pri­vate sec­tor. They felt that un­like con­sumer prod­ucts, the de­sign and devel­op­ment of de­fence prod­uct has a long ges­ta­tion and the con­tri­bu­tion of DPSUs has to be ap­pre­ci­ated in that light. They ex­pressed the view that the pri­vate sec­tor must be pro­moted in a big way, but not at the cost of the public sec­tor. The De­fence Sec­re­tary R.K. Mathur; Sec­re­tary De­fence Pro­duc­tion G. Mo­han Ku­mar; Sec­re­tary, ESW, P.D. Meena also at­tended the meet­ing.

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