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  • Amit Cowshish

    Consultant
    Email: 
    amitcowshish@gmail.com
    Phone: 
    +91 11 2671 7983
    Archive data: Person was Consultant at IDSA

    Amit Cowshish retired from the Indian Defence Accounts Service in 2012 after serving for thirty five years in various capacities in the Defence Accounts Department. He served on deputation with the Ministry of Defence first as Under Secretary and later as Additional Financial Advisor & Joint Secretary and Financial Advisor (Acquisition) & Additional Secretary. He also served as Commissioner for Departmental Inquiries on deputation with the Central Vigilance Commission.

    He has wide experience in the field of financial management in defence. While serving on deputation with the Ministry of Defence, he handled Defence Planning, budget and procurements. He was associated with drafting of the Defence Procurement Manual 2009 and its 2010 supplement. He was also associated with review of financial powers delegated to the services. He was member secretary of the Defence Expenditure Review Committee (2009).

    He attended the Advanced Professional Programme in Public Administration at the Indian Institute of Public Administration and the National Security and Strategic Course at the National Defence College, New Delhi.

    He did is M.A. and M. Phil in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University and LL B from Delhi University. He holds a Post-graduate diploma in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. He also holds pre-degree diplomas in Russian and Persian Languages from Jawaharlal Nehru University and a diploma in Urdu Language from National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language.

    Publications at IDSA

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    • The Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP 2020), which supersedes the Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 (DPP 2016), is a sincere effort by the Ministry of Defence to improve the capital procurement procedure.

      November 20, 2020
      Issue Brief
    • The OCPP is a mix of revenue and capital procurement procedures, based on the Defence Procurement Manual 2006. It could have been an opportunity to lay down a more self-contained procedure.

      October 23, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • Raising the FDI limit by itself may not enthuse the foreign investors as per the expectations. To make the defence sector more attractive for foreign investment, a whole lot of other related issues will have to be addressed by the government.

      September 14, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • It would be helpful if MoD issues a formal order addressing the concerns expressed by various stakeholders about certain aspects of the negative list, especially its impact on projects that involve foreign OEMs and the purpose of bifurcating the capital budget.

      August 14, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • The changes proposed in the offset guidelines require a fresh look, both on conceptual and empirical grounds, as the new regime is likely to yield diminishing returns.

      August 07, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • Finetuning negotiation protocols and limiting the scope of negotiations could result in rapid conclusion of negotiations and contract finalisation.

      June 19, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • Although the new measures announced to fast-track the defence sector are significant, they do not add up to a comprehensive and overarching reforms package.

      May 20, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • Inclusion of new clauses in the draft DPP-2020 and changes made in some of the existing ones are intended to make the SCD more comprehensive. However, there is a scope for bringing about textual clarity in the new as well as some of the existing clauses of the SCD, especially those which have been modified.

      May 14, 2020
      Policy Brief
    • Redrafting the chapter on post-contract management, expatiating the concept of contract operating officers and clearly defining their role and responsibilities vis-à-vis the other agencies, could go a long way in serving its purpose.

      May 08, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • It would be advisable to review the proposed offset guidelines keeping in view the feedback from the industry, especially the foreign vendors who carry the primary obligation to execute the offset contract, as also the legacy issues.

      April 30, 2020
      IDSA Comments
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