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Signed 102 contracts with local vendors in last 3 years: MoD
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 7/20/2021 10:38:15 AM
Signed 102 contracts with local vendors in last 3 years: MoD

New Delhi: The Defence Ministry has signed 102 contracts with local vendors for capital procurement of defence equipment such as aircraft, missiles, tanks, bullet proof jackets, guns, navy vessels, radars, networks and others in last three years, Parliament was told on Monday.

In a written reply to BJP Rajya Sabha MP Sambhaji Chhatrapati, Minister of state for Defence Ajay Bhatt said in line with 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' initiative, it has been decided to earmark an amount of Rs 71,438.36 crore for domestic capital procurement out of the total allocation of Rs 1,11,463.21 crore for capital acquisition.

Capital procurement of defence equipment is undertaken from various domestic as well as foreign vendors, based on threat perception, operational challenges and technological changes and to keep the Armed Forces in a state of readiness.

"During last three financial years i.e. 2018-19 to 2020-21, 102 contracts have been signed with Indian vendors for capital procurement of defence equipment such as aircrafts, missiles, tanks, bullet proof jackets, guns, navy vessels, radars, networks etc," the minister said.In order to provide impetus to self-reliance in defence manufacturing as part of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' initiative, two positive Indigenisation Lists have been promulgated.

The first Positive Indigenisation List was promulgated in August 2020, which included 101 items, and the second in May 2021, which included 108 items. The lists intend to implement the ban in a staggered manner up to December 2025. The aim behind promulgation of the lists is to apprise the Indian defence industry about the anticipated requirements of the armed forces, so that they are better prepared to realize the goal of indigenisation.

"It provides a great opportunity for the Indian defence industry to manufacture the items in the list by using their own design and development capabilities or adopting those developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), to meet the requirements of the armed forces in the coming years," the minister said.

Defence Ministry to undergo restructuring of 57K posts: Govt

New Delhi: The Defence Ministry is to undergo redeployment or restructuring of around 57,000 posts, both military and civilian, as per Committee of Experts (CoE) recommendations, Parliament was told on Monday.

In a written reply to CPI-M's Rajya Sabha member K. Somaprasad, Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt said: "The implementation of certain recommendations of the CoE involves redeployment/restructuring/optimisation of approximately 57,000 posts, both military and civilian."

He said that the Committee of Experts (CoE), set up by the Ministry under the chairmanship of Lt Gen D.B. Shekatkar (retd) to recommend measures to enhance combat compatibility and rebalance defence expenditure of the armed forces, submitted its report in December 2016.The report was taken up by the Defence Ministry to frame key action points and roadmap for implementation, the Minister said.

Among the recommendations to be implemented were optimisation of Signals establishments to include Radio Monitoring Companies, Corps Air Support Signal Regiments, Air Formation Signal Regiments, Composite Signal Regiments and merger for Corps Operating and Engineering Signal Regiments.

Then there would be restructuring of repair echelons in the army to include Base Workshops, Advance Base Workshops and Static/Station Workshops in the field, and redeployment of Ordnance echelons to include Vehicle Depots, Ordnance Depots and Central Ordnance Depots, apart from streamlining inventory control mechanisms, he said.There would better utilisation of Supply and Transportation echelons and Animal Transport Units and as per recommendations, Military Farms and Army Postal Establishments in peace locations would be closed.

Enhancement in standards for recruitment of clerical staff and drivers in the Army, and improving the efficiency of the National Cadet Corps were also some of the recommendations to be implemented, Bhatt said, adding that full details are not being placed in the public domain as they include operational aspects of the armed forces, the disclosure of which is not in the interest of national security.

Defence proposals of Rs 2.15 lakh cr for domestic industry: Govt

New Delhi: The Defence Ministry has accorded approval to 119 defence proposals, worth Rs 2,15,690 crore approximately, under the various categories of capital acquisition, in last three years to promote domestic manufacturing under the Make in India programme, Parliament was told on Monday.

"In the last three financial years - from 2018-19 to 2020-2021, the government has accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) to 119 Defence proposals, worth Rs 2,15,690 crore approximately, under the various categories of capital acquisition, which promotes domestic manufacturing as per DAP," Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt told Loktantrik Janata Del Rajya Sabha member M.V. Shreyams Kumar in a written reply.

He said that 'Make in India' is implemented in defence sector through various policy initiatives which promotes indigenous design, development and manufacture of defence items.

"As per Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP), priority has been accorded to capital acquisition through 'Buy (Indian-IDDM)', 'Buy (Indian)', 'Buy and Make (Indian)', 'Buy and Make' (Strategic Partnership Model) or 'Make' categories over Buy (Global) category," Bhatt said.

Many significant projects including 155mm artillery gun system 'Dhanush', bridge-laying tank, thermal imaging sight Mark-II for T-72 tank, light combat aircraft 'Tejas', 'Akash' surface to air missile system, submarine 'INS Kalvari', Kolkata-class stealth guided missile destroyer 'INS Chennai', anti-submarine warfare corvette (ASWC), Arjun armoured repair and recovery vehicle, landing craft utility, etc. have been produced in the country under 'Make in India' initiative of the government in last few years, the Minister said.

Further, production of indigenous defence equipment and innovations therein is a dynamic process and their development is decided on the basis of operational requirements of the armed forces, he noted.

"So, no specific timeline can be assigned in such cases. Procurement of defence equipment is undertaken from various domestic as well as foreign vendors, based on threat perception, operational challenges and technological changes and to keep the Armed Forces in a state of readiness to face the security challenges," he said.

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