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  • Prashant Gogia asked: Is the Fall Clause applicable to direct purchase/urgent procurement and purchase requisition on GeM?

    Amit Cowshish replies: The standard format of Request for Proposal (RfP) given in the Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 (DAP 2020) includes the Fall Clause. This clause requires the bidders to submit a written undertaking as a part of the technical offer that they have not supplied, or are not supplying, similar systems or subsystems at a price lower than that offered in the present bid to any other ministry or department of the Government of India.

    Public Procurement Framework in India

    The GFR 2017 permit individual ministries to issue detailed instructions to address the needs and complexities of procurement carried out by them. The question is whether those principles and rules come in the way of the Ministry of Defence evolving a more efficient procurement procedure that meets the armed forces’ aspirations.

    August 19, 2021

    Viable Alternatives Required to Replace Existing Procurement Procedures

    If existing procurement procedures are a hindrance in acquiring state-of-the-art defence materiel expeditiously, a case needs to be made out, based on demonstrable drawbacks of the existing system for a detailed blueprint of what system should replace it.

    August 10, 2021

    Indigenisation – In Need of Policy Framework

    There is a need to formulate a composite policy that focuses on indigenisation in high priority technology areas, shedding the notion that it must necessarily result in savings. A more modest and focussed mission-mode approach to indigenisation can produce better results.

    July 09, 2021

    P.V. Venkata Krishna asked: Does DAP 2020 guide the vendors on whether they can use China-based hardware or software or both in defence stores? If not, which policy should the vendors follow?

    Amit Cowshish replies: The Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 does not specifically prohibit the use of raw material, hardware, or software imported from any country. However, it does require the vendors to institute appropriate measures for information security and to ensure that the equipment being supplied is free from the possibility of subversion attacks, embedded spyware/ malware, and similar risks.

    Decoding Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020

    The Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP 2020), which supersedes the Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 (DPP 2016), is a sincere effort by the Ministry of Defence to improve the capital procurement procedure.

    November 20, 2020

    Other Capital Procurement Procedure: A Chip off the Old Block

    The OCPP is a mix of revenue and capital procurement procedures, based on the Defence Procurement Manual 2006. It could have been an opportunity to lay down a more self-contained procedure.

    October 23, 2020

    Impact of Embargo on Defence Imports

    It would be helpful if MoD issues a formal order addressing the concerns expressed by various stakeholders about certain aspects of the negative list, especially its impact on projects that involve foreign OEMs and the purpose of bifurcating the capital budget.

    August 14, 2020

    Atma Nirbhar in Defence Technology

    While the steps stipulated in draft DAP-2020 to enable smooth acquisition of systems indigenously designed by DRDO and other public sector entities are a right move, they need to be strengthened further to make procedures more robust and conducive for timely completion of projects.

    August 10, 2020

    Should MoD Persist with Defence Offsets?

    The changes proposed in the offset guidelines require a fresh look, both on conceptual and empirical grounds, as the new regime is likely to yield diminishing returns.

    August 07, 2020

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