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  • Efficiency of Quality Assurance in Army Procurements

    This article gives an overview of the evolution of Quality Assurance (QA) in army procurements as also various shortcomings in the contemporary principles and practices that cause delays in procurements and their possible solutions. The list of shortcomings is not exhaustive; however, due care has been taken to bring out the most important ones which need immediate attention. The causal factors of these shortcomings have been analysed and recommendations to overcome them have also been listed to make the QA practice more efficient and minimize delays due to QA.

    January 2013

    A Level-Playing Field that Isn’t: How India’s Defence Offset Procedures Could Discriminate against Indian Bidders

    It is time that India’s offset regulations and defence procurement procedures are weeded for provisions formalising differential treatment against Indian bidders.

    January 15, 2013

    SC Vaid asked: The process of arms procurement is winding and complex. By the time a proposal is finalised, new weapons emerge. How can the process be improved?

    Mahendra Prasad replies: In order to hasten up the procurement process, several long and short-term organisational and procedural re-engineering would be required. Few suggestions have been listed below:

    Short-term measures

    • Defence procurement being a highly specialised job, pre-induction training of service officers and bureaucrats before entrusting them the responsibility of procurement is a must. Presently, most of them learn the nuances of procurement on the job.
    • Every procurement should be treated as a separate project with a dedicated team headed by a project manager. Presently, a lot of overlap of responsibility among various functionaries exists, and in many cases, delays occur as few functionaries in the chain fail to deliver their part of the job in time.
    • Strict adherence to the laid down time lines. In case of delay, a delay report must be prepared. The report must identify the reasons and sources of delay in unambiguous terms.
    • Give longer tenures to service officers (minimum five years) involved in the procurement process.

    Long-term measures

    • Establishment of Defence Acquisition College.
    • Continuous tracking of latest technological trends.
    • Vendor development instead of just stopping at vendor registration.
    • A liberal defence production policy.

    A Critique of India’s Defence Offset Guidelines 2012

    A Critique of India’s Defence Offset Guidelines 2012

    Some of the provisions in the DOG do not seem to be well thought out, provide greater leeway to the foreign companies, and have a potentially negative potential on eligible manufacturing sector, particularly defence manufacturing.

    September 03, 2012

    Rafale MMRCA Deal: Last Minute Glitches?

    The Rafale deal is especially important as it is IAF’s best bet to stem and even reverse the recent and continuous fall in the combat aircraft squadrons fielded.

    August 30, 2012

    Revenue Procurement in the India Army Challenges and the Way Ahead

    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.

    July 2012

    Defence Procurement Procedure The Unfinished Agenda

    It has been a long time since the first set of instructions on defence procurement was issued in 1992. Since then, however, there have been several refinements and additions, based on the feedback from the stakeholders and the experience of the Defence Ministry itself, culminating in the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2011. This is presently under review and it would be reasonable to expect that the changes being contemplated will result in further refinement of the procedure and address some of the concerns expressed from time to time.

    July 2012

    The Reality of Defence Procurement

    Entrusting the final appraisal of financial attributes to the Ministry of Finance may bring about a more open, dispassionate, integrative, and authoritative decision-making system.

    April 16, 2012

    The Rafale : An Opportunity Towards Indigenous Aircraft Design And Manufacture

    In the wake of the selection of the Rafale the offset clause currently in force must be used to revamp India’s domestic aerospace industry, making it more technologically current and capable of taking on advanced design and development tasks in future.

    February 17, 2012

    MMRCA: Counter Point

    The range, speed, armament carrying capacity and the ability to accurately deliver a variety of weapons against different targets make the current IAF fleet of just over 32 squadrons far more formidable than when the IAF had almost 39.5 squadrons.

    February 13, 2012

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