Marred by scams, Antony’s MOD issues new procurement norms. Case of too little, too late?


The Ministry of Defence today promulgated the Defence Procurement Procedure 2013 (http://mod.nic.in).

The new procedure which takes effect from today, aims to balance the competing requirements of expediting capital procurement, developing a robust indigenous defence sector and conforming to the highest standards of transparency, probity and public accountability, while laying a strong emphasis on promoting indigenisation and creating a level playing field for the Indian Industry.

In the Foreward to the Document, the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has expressed the hope that the defence industry as well as the procurement agencies will find the DPP-2013 to be a ‘progressive step’ aimed at giving impetus to indigenisation, creating level playing field between the Private and Public Sector and expediting the procurement process as a whole.

A higher preference has now been accorded explicitly to the Buy (Indian), Buy and Make (Indian) and Make categorisation, besides bringing further clarity in the definition of the ‘Indigenous Content’ and simplifying the Buy and Make (Indian) process. Besides this, the validity of the “Acceptance of Necessity” (AoN) has been reduced from two years to one year with a stipulation to freeze the Service Qualitative Requirements (SQRs) before the accord of the AoN. A higher delegation of financial powers to the Service Headquarters and the DPB has also been made on Ship-building which had been introduced in the DPP 2011. The Ministry has also undertaken the exercise of further simplification of the Make procedures and revision of the Fast Track Procedures which is likely to be completed in the near future.

With these changes, the new procedure is expected to provide the much needed thrust to the Indian Defence Industry in the years to come while continuing to meet the defence requirements of the country at an even pace.

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