Govt un­veils new de­fence pro­cure­ment pol­icy

The Financial Express - - ECONOMY - PTI

AF­TER a de­lay of over a year, the much-awaited new de­fence pro­cure­ment pol­icy was un­veiled by the gov­ern­ment on Mon­day with an aim to en­sure trans­parency, fast-track ac­qui­si­tion process and give a push to the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive.

The De­fence Pro­cure­ment Pro­ce­dure (DPP) 2016 an­nounced by de­fence min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar, how­ever, did not con­tain a key chap­ter on the pro­posed strate­gic partnership. Par­rikar said it will take an­other 2-3 months for fi­nal­i­sa­tion of this model.

To be ap­pli­ca­ble from April, the pro­cure­ment pol­icy lays the roadmap on how In­dia, the world’s largest arms im­porter, will ac­quire de­fence equip­ment in the fu­ture.

The an­nounce­ment was made at the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony of De­fence Expo (De­fexpo) 2016, the largest ever of its type to be hosted by In­dia, at Quepem town, about 50 km from Panaji.

The new DPP has in­cluded a new cat­e­gory to ac­quire weapons — IDDM (Indige­nously De­signed, De­vel­oped and Man­u­fac­tured). The IDDM will be the first pre­ferred cat­e­gory of pref­er­ence.

Par­rikar said a re­view of the new DPP will be un­der­taken af­ter six months. “I do not say that the doc­u­ment is fool­proof. Let us take a re­view af­ter six months. Noth­ing is per­fect, but we are tak­ing it to per­fec­tion,” he said.

He fur­ther said the DPP can push the agenda of ‘Make in In­dia’ and In­dia’s tar­get of achiev­ing de­fence in­dus­try net­work.

With the new DPP, it will be en­sured that there is greater trans­parency and faster clear­ances, he said.

The DPP has been loaded on­line on the de­fence min­istry’s web­site and would be made avail­able in hard copy for­mat af­ter 15 days.

Par­rikar said cer­tain con­cerns of for­eign com­pa­nies which were ex­pressed in the past would be ad­dressed through this pol­icy in the next three to four months.

The new pol­icy also al­lows the De­fence Ac­qui­si­tion Coun­cil to take a “fast-track” route to ac­quire weapons, some­thing which was lim­ited to only the armed forces till now.

In a bid to cut down on the time taken for ac­qui­si­tion process, it man­dates that all AONs (Ac­cep­tance of Ne­ces­sity) of a par­tic­u­lar plat­form will be valid for only six months as against the 12month dead­line now.

De­fence min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar at De­fexpo 2016

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