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India ‘simplifies’ defence procurement processes

23 May 2018

India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) – chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman – has approved measures to simplify defence procurement processes, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 22 May.

According to the MoD, the new initiatives, which are mainly related to administrative procedures, will “go a long way in obviating undue procedural delays and will hasten activities besides shrinking procurement timelines”.

The MoD said the new measures include a devolution of powers within the ministry and service headquarters, concurrent running of acquisition processes instead of “sequential stage clearance”, the removal of repetitive procurement processes, and the alignment of various documents with revised financial guidelines.

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