Parrikar seeks services’ views on new defence procurement policy

New Delhi,Pranav Kulkarni: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has asked the three service headquarters to give their suggestions regarding the “make” procedures in the defence procurement policy (DPP). The new procedures in offing are aimed at creating ease of doing business with regards to defence market. The draft procedures which are being scrutinised by the service HQs are likely to be submitted shortly given that Parrikar has been aiming at finalising the same by April.

The make procedures have been given to the Army (and the other two services) for comments.
The make procedures have been given to the Army (and the other two services) for comments.

“The make procedures have been given to the Army (and the other two services) for comments. They will be giving inputs for making them simpler. Various directorates of the Army are presently studying the draft and are expected to respond shortly,” said a source.

These procedures have assumed importance under the present government’s ‘Make in India’ slogan. Parrikar has on various platforms said that he is working on revising these “make” procedures. And while the defence minister- led Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has cleared a number of high-profile projects for making in India, the industry has been waiting for revised procedures that would facilitate their participation in these projects.

According to sources, the draft procedures which are being studied by the service headquarters as well as the industry are likely to split the “make” category into sub categories — A, B, C, D. These sub categories will be based on the percentage participation of the government and industry and the funding provided by the government for the research and development of the projects. Officials in the know have also hinted that the Technology Perspective and Capability Roadmap (TPCR) — a document which gives the industry a picture of the likely “technological requirements” of the forces over 15 years — is also likely to be made “more detailed akin the Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP)” — a secret document that envisages the actual “equipment” requirement of the forces over 15 years. Officials believe that this will give a clear picture to the industry by helping them identify the projects they can participate in.