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  • Bugbears in MoD Guidelines on Handling of Complaints

    Bugbears in MoD Guidelines on Handling of Complaints

    The MoD guidelines on handling of complaints do not seem to be free from potentially crippling afflictions. Conceptual ambiguity can easily defeat the purpose of the guidelines.

    October 26, 2015

    Indo-US Defence Cooperation: Harvesting Defence Technologies

    There are no laid down procedures for procurement of technology per se. Existing procedures relate to procurement of equipment, weapons systems, platforms and other tangible capabilities.

    October 13, 2015

    ‘Make in India’ in Defence Sector: An Overview of the Dhirendra Singh Committee Report

    ‘Make in India’ in Defence Sector: An Overview of the Dhirendra Singh Committee Report

    While making a host of recommendations, the Dhirendra Singh Committee has been cautious in assessing their impact on the domestic industry.

    September 16, 2015

    Exchange Rate Variation in Defence Contracts

    Exchange Rate Variation in Defence Contracts

    The 19th August amendment to the Defence Procurement Procedure of 2013 extends the provision of exchange rate variation to Indian vendors under all the procurement categories of capital acquisition.

    August 31, 2015

    Defence Offset Guidelines – A Long Overdue Tweak

    Defence Offset Guidelines – A Long Overdue Tweak

    The 5th August amendment to the offset guidelines exemplifies how difficult it is to let go of unnecessary controls.

    August 27, 2015

    Defence Research and Development: International Approaches for Analysing the Indian Programme

    Defence Research and Development: International Approaches for Analysing the Indian Programme

    The Occasional Paper attempts to analyse the performance of India's defence research and development machinery and especially that of the DRDO. The Paper concludes by bringing out the lessons and concurrently suggesting the way ahead for India.

    On the Threshold of a New Procurement Regime

    On the Threshold of a New Procurement Regime

    Recommendations that defence procurement be handled by the military brass, ministers stay out of defence deals, and an external procurement agency be set up to handle procurement and focus on indigenization are indeed extraordinary.

    July 23, 2015

    How Workable will Consultants be in the Existing Framework of the Ministry of External Affairs?

    How Workable will Consultants be in the Existing Framework of the Ministry of External Affairs?

    There are also grey areas to the extent that the professional and hierarchical relationship which the Consultants will have with regular IFS officers is yet to be clearly outlined.

    July 06, 2015

    Adequate Empowerment of the Services and Financial Oversight Yet to be Achieved

    Adequate Empowerment of the Services and Financial Oversight Yet to be Achieved

    Converting the Services` HQs as departments of the government within the scope of Allocation of Business Rules, with responsibility to Parliament for obtaining defence appropriations, may be in the long-term interests of the country.

    June 23, 2015

    Ammunition for the Indian Army: C&AG Rings Alarm Bells

    Ammunition for the Indian Army: C&AG Rings Alarm Bells

    MoD will have to make sure that no weapon system is purchased unless an arrangement is made for sustained supply of ammunition, not necessarily through the OFB.

    June 09, 2015

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