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

    Standing Committee on Defence's Prescription for increasing Capital Budget May Not Work

    The Thirty-first Report of the Standing Committee on Defence (SCoD)1 was submitted to Parliament on 9 March 2017. The report examined the capital outlay for the defence services for the year 2017–18, procurement policy of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and defence planning. A glance through the report showed that, apart from a rather sketchy analysis of these issues, the committee has only ended up making hackneyed observations and recommendations that have been made repeatedly in the past without much success.

    October 2017

    Need for Sector-Specific Ease-of-Doing Business Indices

    Sector-specific micro parameters that have a bearing on the ease of doing business need to be identified and quantified.

    October 05, 2017

    Acquisition of single-engine fighter aircraft – A few suggestions to expedite the procurement process

    MoD can leapfrog many of the 11 stages in the procurement programme by taking the measures outlined to fulfil the urgent requirements of the Air Force.

    September 26, 2017

    Making the Right to Information (RTI) work in Defence

    Adhering to the RTI Act in letter and spirit will lead to more responsible decision-making, greater accountability, and more credibility to the actions of the MoD.

    August 21, 2017

    13th Five-Year Defence Plan (2017-22) – A re-run of the past

    13th Five-Year Defence Plan (2017-22) – A re-run of the past

    Achieving the intended outcomes of the 13th five-year defence plan is critically dependent on the ability of the Ministry of Finance to increase the defence budget by at least 100 per cent from next year onward.

    July 31, 2017

    Need for nurturing the ‘Make’ projects

    It would be a bold gesture if MoD decides to categorise all development projects under Make-II. This will send a strong message to the industry and to the nation about MoD’s earnestness to promote private sector participation.

    July 14, 2017

    DIPP Accords Preference to Local Suppliers in Public Procurement

    Indian industry, which is the intended beneficiary of this preference policy, needs to play a proactive role in facilitating the smooth implementation of the order.

    July 07, 2017

    Ten Imponderables in the Strategic Partnership Scheme

    Why the objective sought to be achieved through the strategic partnership scheme could not be attained by resorting to an existing provision in DPP 2016?

    June 22, 2017

    India–Israel Defence Trade: Issues and Challenges

    To achieve strategically critical self-reliance in defence production, there needs to be a greater focus on co-development, co-production projects with important partners like Israel, with an essential emphasis on exports to third countries. For the full realisation of the potential of the India–Israel defence partnership, India on its part needs to strengthen elements of its procurement processes—including the proper implementation of laid down policies.

    July 2017

    Fog clears over industrial licensing for defence industry but questions remain

    There seems to be no clear advantage of giving an overarching role to the Ministry of Home Affairs as regards formulation of policy or grant of industrial licence for manufacture or export of defence items.

    May 29, 2017

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