Tuesday 23 July 2019, 12:51 PM
Fast-track procurement of assault rifles, carbines cleared
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 1/16/2018 8:15:25 PM
Fast-track procurement of assault rifles, carbines cleared

New Delhi: The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday, cleared a Rs 3,547 crore proposal for procurement of assault rifles and carbines on fast track basis.

The proposal is for procurement of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines to "enable defence forces to meet their immediate requirement for the troops deployed on the border", a statement said.

The DAC also simplified 'Make II' procedure, which prescribes guidelines to be followed to develop and manufacture defence equipment through Indian Industry.

To encourage participation of private sector in defence design and production and to give a boost to 'Make in India' programme, the DAC on Tuesday introduced significant changes in the aMake II' category of the Defence Procurement Procedure, a statement said.

Considering that no government funding is involved in 'Make II' project, the DAC simplified the procedure to make it industry-friendly, with minimal government control. The salient aspects of the revised procedure will now allow Defence Ministry to accept suo-motu proposals from the industry and also allows start-ups to develop equipment for the armed forces. 

The minimum qualification criteria to participate in 'Make II' projects has also been relaxed by removing conditions related to credit rating and reducing financial net worth criteria.

As per the earlier 'Make II' procedure, only two vendors were shortlisted to develop prototype equipment. Now, all vendors meeting the relaxed eligibility criteria will be allowed to participate in the prototype development process. The vendor will not be required to submit Detailed Project Report. 

After accord of approval of the 'Make II' project by the council, all clearances will be accorded at Service Headquarter level.

To hand-hold industry and start-ups, the service HQs will now set up project facilitation teams to act as the primary interface between it and the industry during the design and development stage. These teams would provide technical inputs, trial infrastructure and other facilities as required by the vendor.

Even if a single individual or firm offers innovative solutions, the service HQs will now have the option to accept and process the vendor's development initiative. They will be allowed to hire domain experts/consultants from private sector to increase outreach and enhance awareness among the industry.

The statement also added that there will be no foreclosure of project after the project is sanctioned, except on default by the vendor, to ensure that the successful vendor has assured orders.

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