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Defence Ministry announces major amendments in military acquisition procedure
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Defence Ministry announces major amendments in military acquisition procedure

| @indiablooms | 25 Apr 2022, 11:56 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: In an attempt to further promote ‘Make in India’ and ‘Aatmanirbharta’ in defence and enable the ease of doing business, the Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 has been amended based on the approvals accorded by Defence Acquisition Council (DAC).

Going forward all modernisation requirements of the Defence Services and Indian Coast Guard are to be indigenously sourced irrespective of the nature of the procurement, the amendment said.

Import of defence equipment/sourcing from Foreign Industry of capital acquisitions should only be an exception and undertaken with specific approval of DAC/Raksha Mantri.

"As advised by the Ministry of Finance and to reduce the financial burden on the Indian Defence Industry whilst maintaining financial safeguards, requirement of Integrity Pact Bank Guarantee (IPBG) has been dispensed with," the Ministry said in a statement.

Instead, Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) will be taken as a bid security for all acquisition cases with Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) cost more than Rs 100 crore. EMD will be valid for the selected vendor up to signing of contracts and returned to remaining vendors post declaration of selection.

Post contract, Integrity Pact will be covered through the Performance Cum Warranty Bank Guarantee (PWBG). Further, as per extant Government of India policy, EMD is not required from Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs).

To encourage wider participation and a broad base of indigenous defence manufacturing sector in the country, the total order quantities in acquisition cases are to be split between shortlisted vendors, wherever viable.

Further, the other technically qualified bidders who have not been awarded a contract will be issued a certificate by the Services indicating that the product has been successfully trial evaluated, to facilitate vendors to explore other markets.

o create an ecosystem which fosters innovation and encourages technology development in Defence by engaging R&D institutes, academia, industries, startups and individual innovators, the iDEX framework was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2018.

Existing provisions of DAP 2020 links the procedures of Staff Evaluation, CNC and award of Contract for iDEX procurement, to the procedure in 'Buy (Indian- IDDM)', which entails a long period of approximately two years before placement of the order.

To enable the budding startup talent pool of the country to contribute toward the twin mantras of self-sufficiency and indigenization, the procurement process under iDEX procedure of DAP 2020 has been simplified, the government statement claimed.

With this simplification, the time taken from the grant of AoN to the signing of the contract will be reduced to 22 weeks.

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