Updated Defence Procurement Procedure & Manual soon: MoD

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New Delhi, Dec 18: The Ministry of Defence said on Friday that it would soon come out with a new Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) and Defence Procurement Manual in 2016.

The MoD quoted Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar informing the Consultative Committee that the amended DPP is being studied now.

Manohar Parrikar

Bengaluru, Dec 18: As reported by OneIndia earlier, the expert committee headed by Dhirendra Singh had submitted its recommendations on the DPP. MoD appointed committee to evolve a policy framework to facilitate Make in India in defence manufacturing, aligning with the policy evolved with DPP-2013.

Parrikar has been making repeated statements over the new-look DPP, right through this year starting from Aero India 2015 in Bengaluru. The amendments to DPP are being sought to remove bottlenecks in the procurement process by simplifying it.

The minister is said to have informed the committee that Defence Procurement Manual too will be ready by June 2016.

The meeting was attended by MPs Pinaki Mishra, Prof Saugata Roy, Prof A Seetaram Naik, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Dr Mahendra Prasad, Bhupender Yadav, T K Rangarajan and Samsher Singh Manhas.

The MoD team had Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar, Defence Production Secretary Ashok Kumar Gupta, DRDO chief Dr S Christopher among others.

A document that evolved over the years

The DPP first came out in 2002 and since then it has seen many amendments, the last being in 2013. With the government's new Make in India mandate, there were many points in the DPP that demanded more refinement and clarity.

The document captures the expertise gained in implementing the procurement process over the years. It incorporates feedback from armed forces, quality control and maintenance agencies, various ministries and the private industries.

It also sinks in with the Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP), which spells out the capability desired to be achieved by the armed forces over 15 years (2012-27).

It follows a preferred order of categorisation, in a decreasing order of preference, such as: Buy (Indian), Buy and Make (Indian), Make, Buy & Make and Buy (Global).

MoD say the MPs who took part in the meeting wanted the government to dole out incentives under the Buy (Indian) and Buy & Make (Indian) categories. The MPs also wanted the PSUs also be allowed to bid for Buy (Indian) category.

In a related development, Parrikar is scheduled to launch a dedicated Make in India portal of the Department of Defence Production on December 21. The event is being scheduled at Kothari Auditorium situated in the DRDO HQ in Delhi.

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