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  • Role of Political Guidance for Self-Reliance in Defence

    Self-reliance in defence may be better realised if India’s military instrument were to be shaped by political guidance and geopolitical considerations instead of being carried away by the contemporary winds of COVID-19.

    June 01, 2020

    Public Private Partnership: A Model for Army’s Base Workshops

    The PPP model helps in improving the productivity and exploiting the full potential of asset-based services that base workshops provide. This is particularly relevant when there exists a competitive market and a benchmark for the army between an in-house and an external solution.

    April 18, 2020

    A Case for Deferring Promulgation of DPP 2020

    Considering the impending financial crunch due to the Covid-19 pandemic and uncertainty about allocations in the coming years, it is unlikely that the MoD will be able to launch many new procurement programmes under the new DPP any time soon.

    April 17, 2020

    Coping with New Guidelines on Expenditure Management

    The present crisis is as much of a challenge as an opportunity to infuse financial realism in defence planning and bring about concomitant reforms in the quickest possible timeframe.

    April 13, 2020

    Defence Budget 2020-21

    The slowdown in economic growth not only seems to have cast its shadow on the allocation of the defence budget for 2020-21 but has also compounded the challenges for the country’s first CDS.

    February 12, 2020

    India’s Defence Budget 2020-21

    Considering that the defence capital expenditure already accounts for a very high share in the central government’s overall capital spend, any substantial hike in the former’s share looks less likely. This is more so given the government’s priority to spend on infrastructure and other non-defence capital assets to revive the economic growth.

    February 04, 2020

    Anil Sood asked: What are the rules regarding multiple bids for the same OEM in defence procurement?

    Amit Cowshish replies: The query is not very clear, but to answer it in broad terms, three specific paragraphs in the Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 have a bearing on the issue of multiple bidding.

    Best Practices in Financial Management: Accrual Accounting for Defence

    Changes in public financial management across the globe have necessitated India to revisit its traditional methods of managing and depicting its public finances. One of the major changes envisaged is a quest to migrate gradually to accrual accounting from the traditional cash-based accounting.

    2019

    Additional Allocation for Defence – A Challenging Task for MoF

    The government seems to have little fiscal space for accommodating the demand of the armed forces for additional funds, given its quantum on the one hand and the state of its revenues on the other which are already quite stressed.

    September 26, 2019

    Can Fifteenth Finance Commission Resolve Funding Problems of Defence?

    Even if the Fifteenth Finance Commission manages to make a specific recommendation about the funds to be allocated for defence and internal security and the government accepts the recommendation, there can be no guarantee that the actual allocation will not fall short of the accepted level.

    July 24, 2019

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