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Rajnath Singh approves a high-level Committee to review Defence Procurement Procedure to strengthen ‘Make in India’ initiative

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On August 17, 2019, Defence Minister of India, Shri Rajnath Singh has approved the formation of 12-member high-level committee, headed by the Director-General (Acquisitions), Apurva Chandra, to revise and align the procedure of Defence procurement with the aim of strengthening the ‘Make in India’ initiative.Defence Procurement Procedure to strengthen ‘Make in India’ initiativeKey points:
i. Task: The committee has been tasked to review the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2006 and the Defence Procurement Manual (DPM) 2009.
ii. Time-limit: The high-level panel has been given 6 months to submit its report of recommendations.
iii. TOR: Terms of Reference(TOR) of the Committee include,

  • To revise and align the procedures as given in DPP 2016 and DPM 2009& lay down policies to remove procedural bottlenecks and accelerate defence acquisition.
  • To simplify policy and procedures to facilitate greater participation of the Indian Industry and develop robust Defence Industrial base in India.
  • To examine and include new concepts, such as life cycle costing, life cycle support, performance-based logistics, Information Communication Technology (ICT), lease contracting, codification and standardization.
  • Incorporation of new provisions to boost Indian start-ups and research & development.

DPP 2006: It comprises policies & procedures for procurement and acquisition from the capital budget of the Defence Ministry aims at modernizing Armed Forces including the Coast Guard.
DPM 2009: It contains principles & procedures for procurement of goods and services for the Defence Services, organizations and establishments.

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