New defence procurement procedure to come into effect next month

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) The new Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) is set to come into affect from April 2, and it provide for fast-tracking procurements which are of an urgent nature, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday.

The minister was talking to reporters after a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) to review the new DPP.

“Earlier there was an impression that fast track has to be used only during war. Now there is a provision to fast-track at the time of giving AoN (Acceptance of Necessity (AoN),” Parrikar told reporters.

The minister said “well proven equipment can be purchased of its proven product” from a single vendor through the fast-track process.

The minister also emphasised that merely changing the DPP was not enough, but that the mindset in the ministry needs to change.

“DPP is only a small portion of what needs to be done. When the mindset of those dealing with procurement changes we can see the final outcome,” he said.

The new DPP focuses on greater indigenisation.

The DPP, however, does not include the chapter on strategic partners.

The policy on blacklisting will also come separately.

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