Amit Cowshish

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  • Amit Cowshish is a former Financial Advisor (Acquisition), Ministry of Defence and presently a Distinguished Fellow with the Indian Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Click here for Detailed Profile

    FDI in Defence: Need for Liberalisation and Simplification

    The government should set up a task force to engage with potential investors and investees and evolve a simplified FDI policy, which has different slabs for different kinds of activities and is free from terms and conditions that are difficult to understand and implement.

    May 04, 2017

    Dual Charge – An Opportunity to Fix Financial Management in Defence

    It is important to restore the functional self-sufficiency of the finance division of a ministry which handles 17-18 per cent of the total central government expenditure so that it could discharge its responsibilities without real or perceived pressures.

    March 21, 2017

    Defence Expenditure: A Challenge for Defence Economists

    The basic challenge for defence economists is to demonstrate that there are other feasible ways of skinning the cat during budget formulation. But the challenge is also inextricably linked with the need for rationalisation of defence expenditure.

    March 14, 2017

    Rebooting the Defence Budget

    There is a strong case for abandoning the present approach of looking at the defence budget through the narrow prism of allocation and utilisation, and instead focus on outcomes.

    February 28, 2017

    10 Questions the Standing Committee on Defence needs to ask MoD

    The objective of asking these question should be to elicit information that generates a well-informed debate on, and facilitates the result-oriented monitoring of, the MoD’s handling of matters related to the defence budget.

    February 13, 2017

    Would a Non-Lapsable Defence Modernisation Fund Work?

    There is a plethora of evidence to show that the problem of establishing a Defence Modernisation Fund does not lie with any ‘rules of business’, but instead with its merit and workability.

    February 10, 2017

    Defence Budget 2017-18: Chugging Along

    Budget is not just all about figures but also a statement of policy. The Defence Budget for 2017-18 contains no hint of any intention of the government to bring about a paradigm shift in the defence policy.

    February 02, 2017

    Defence Budget 2017-18: Beyond the Numbers

    There is a need to go beyond stale issues and have a more meaningful and dispassionate discussion on how to make the best use of the allocations made for defence.

    January 30, 2017

    Making it Palatable – Managing Food Supply in the Armed Forces

    With some innovative thinking, on-line arrangements with suppliers, including the Canteen Stores Department, could reduce the cost of storage and distribution and, more importantly, help in maintaining a high satisfaction level among troops.

    January 18, 2017

    A Requiem for 2016

    Higher Defence Management, Civil-military relations and force modernisation were three critical areas in which there was little or no movement in the year gone by.

    January 02, 2017

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