Defence minister has approved the setting up of a Committee to review the Defence Procurement Procedure(DPP).
The objective of the committee is to hasten the acquisition of weapons and defence systems and provide impetus to the Make in India initiative to cut down reliance on imported weapons.
The Committee has been setup under the Chairmanship of Director General (Acquisition).Apart from DG,11 other members not below the rank of Joint Secretary/Major General equivalent are part of this high-level committee.
The terms of reference of the Committee includes (a)Revise the procedure as given in Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 and Defence procurement manual(DPM) 2009 so as to remove procedural bottlenecks and hasten defence acquisition (b)Align and standardise the provisions in the DPP 2016 and DPM 2009 wherever applicable to optimise life cycle support for equipment and (c)Include provisions to promote Indian start-ups and research & development.
The DPP 2016 contains policies and procedures for procurement and acquisition from the capital budget of the Defence Ministry in order to modernise the Armed Forces including the Coast Guard.
The DPM 2009 contains principles and procedures relating to procurement of goods and services for the Defence Services, organisations and establishments.