Dpsus need to be glob­ally com­pet­i­tive: antony


the De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony has said that the de­fence pub­lic sec­tor un­der­tak­ings (DPSUs) need to com­pete not just with pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tions but also with global com­pa­nies, to get or­ders. Ad­dress­ing a meet­ing of the Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee at­tached to his Min­istry, Antony said where we need to be glob­ally com­pet­i­tive, we need to take a long-term view about the cur­rent lev­els of pro­duc­tiv­ity and how the present pro­duc­tion lev­els can be en­hanced.

“If the DPSUs want to be truly com­pet­i­tive, they must en­hance pro­duc­tiv­ity, re­duce costs, in­crease prod­uct qual­ity and align pro­duc­tion pro­cesses to meet the in­creas­ing de­mands of the de­fence forces…. The em­pha­sis must be on work­ing harder and more im­por­tantly, in the right di­rec­tion,” he said.

Re­fer­ring to the De­fence Pro­cure­ment Pro­ce­dure (DPP), which was amended re­cently, Antony said it has un­der­gone a sea change and it has been re­vised with a view to bring about fur­ther im­prove­ments in the pro­cure­ment process and to strengthen de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing in­fra­struc­ture within the coun­try. Hop­ing that the re­cent amend­ments in the DPP would bring in greater par­tic­i­pa­tion of In­dian in­dus­tries, Antony said, the only way for­ward in the cur­rent en­vi­ron­ment is to meet the in­creas­ing de­fence re­quire­ments through in­dige­nous prod­ucts. He said the Min­istry of De­fence (MoD) is grad­u­ally re­duc­ing the quan­tum of or­ders with the DPSUs through nom­i­na­tion.

The MoD places great em­pha­sis on trans­parency and pro­bity not only in pro­cure­ment but in ev­ery as­pect of the work­ing of or­gan­i­sa­tions un­der the MoD. The DPSUs are no ex­cep­tion, he said.

Tak­ing part in the dis­cus­sion, Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment (MPs) wanted the DPSUs to be more com­pet­i­tive. They also sought greater par­tic­i­pa­tion of the pri­vate sec­tor in meet­ing the re­quire­ments of the Ser­vices. One mem­ber sug­gested that the DPSUs should try to get third party cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for mod­ernising their pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties. The MPs ex­pressed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the out­stand­ing ser­vice ren­dered by the armed forces in the flood­rav­aged Ut­tarak­hand.

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