Report on separate set up of defence procurement to come this week

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar had in February last year said the government is actively considering a separate set up for defence acquisition.

Published: 05th February 2017 07:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th February 2017 07:35 PM   |  A+A-

Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar. | PTI File Photo

By Express News Service

Report of a key committee set up by Defence minister Manohar Parrikar to suggest ways to restructure the acquisition wing is set to come this week.  

Officials said that the report will pitch in for a separate set up for defence procurement.

Sources with the Defence ministry said the panel's report is final and will be submitted this week. Parrikar had in February last year said the government is actively considering a separate set up for defence acquisition.

It was in May last year when the minister had set up the panel following recommendations of the Dhirendra Singh Committee, which had given inputs for the new Defence Procurement Policy. It was headed by Vivek Rae, who had served as the director general (acquisition) in the Defence Ministry.

However, he quit as the chief in November last year following disagreement on key issues with other members of the panel which included former Financial Advisor to the Defence ministry Amit Cowshish, Air Marshal (retd) N V Tyagi, Lt Gen (retd) A V Subramanian, IIM professor Pritam Singh and Defence ministry officials J R K Rao and Sanjay Garg.

The Dhirendra Singh Committee has proposed "Dedicated Procurement Organisation outside the Government of India Ministry Structure" in a report submitted in 2015. It had said the procurement executive, as now established, is a result of the recommendations of the group of ministers post-Kargil war and is one of the institutions created as part of the reorganisation of the higher defence management structures."

"It has now functioned for more than a decade. Like any organisation it has its strength and weaknesses. It is our recommendation that the time is ripe for it to undergo a second set of reforms. Its main drawback is that it essentially performs line functions whilst being embedded in a larger structure, which is designed to perform staff functions," the report had said.

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