Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday announced major changes in the Defence Procurement Procedure and the Defence Production Policy to provide greater autonomy to the Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) units for their expansion and diversification.
Addressing a meeting of Consultative Committee, Parrikar said, “We need to delegate powers to DPSUs to enable them to take decisions so that they improve the service of the platforms available to the Armed Forces.”
“Every machine in operation is like adding an additional equipment. DPSUs will be provided support but they must think like a commercial organisation,” he said.
Referring to the Make in India procedure in defence, Parrikar said it needs further improvement. “Defence industry in India is a unique industry where the only customer is the Services,” said Parrikar.
The meeting was also attended by Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Ambika Soni.