JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

Revenue Procurement in the India Army Challenges and the Way Ahead

Colonel Venu Gopal was Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • July 2012
    Volume: 
    6
    Issue: 
    3
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    India’s defence forces have to be continually prepared with modernised assets and a well-planned and executed supply-chain network. This calls for a well-evolved logistics infrastructure. To achieve this, a close study of the extant procurement procedure, the process of allocation of the budget, and the lacunae therein, is necessary. This article ponders on the challenges or peculiarities faced during the revenue procurement process for the Indian Army. Defence procurement, unlike procurement or other departments, involves a deliberate and complex procedure. It has to include constant reforms and flexibility integrating not just feedback from end-users and the approving authorities, but also the everchanging defence perception. An integrated and synergized approach under a firm monitoring force performing within a strict time frame in a transparent manner, will definitely help in delivering the right goods affirming our operational preparedness and efficiency.

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