Union Minister of Defence Current Affairs - 2020

Japan – India Defence Ministerial Meeting held in Tokyo

Union Minister of Defence, Rajnath Singh co-chaired the Japan–India Defence Ministerial Meeting with Defence Minister of Japan Takeshi lwaya in Tokyo, Japan. The dialogue discussed various issues of mutual concern which includes ways to further strengthen existing bilateral co-operative arrangements and adopt new initiatives towards achieving peace and security in region.

Key Highlights of Meet

Indo-Pacific vision at length with an expression of India’s preference for a rules-based order along with centrality of Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The importance of Special Strategic and Global Partnership (SSGP) between India and Japan in addressing regional peace, security and stability was also highlighted.

Two Ministers discussed emerging regional security scenario as well as inclusiveness and security for all.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh invited participation of Japanese companies and other stakeholders at biennial DefExpo 2020 to be held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

India and Japan will continue to work together to further deepen defence ties between both nations.

General understanding about more co-operation is required in Defence Equipment and Technology Co-operation.

New Committee to review Defence Procurement Procedure to strengthen ‘Make in India’

Rajnath Singh, Union Minister of Defence has approved setting up of a Committee to review Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 and Defence Procurement Manual (DPM) 2009 as DPP 2016 and DPM 2009 have been due for revision for a while.

Key Highlights about Committee

The 12-member committee will be set up under Chairmanship of Director General (Acquisition). Apart from DG (Acq) the 11 other members who part of this high-level committee should not be below rank of Joint Secretary or Major General equivalent.

Committee will revise and align procedures with aim of ensuring seamless flow from asset acquisition to life cycle support. Aligning procedures will not only ensure seamless flow from asset acquisition to life cycle support but also strengthen Make in India initiative of Government of India.

Term: It has 6 months to submit its recommendations.

Terms of reference of Committee
  • To revise procedures as given in DPP 2016 and DPM 2009 for removing procedural bottlenecks and hasten defence acquisition.
  • To align and standardise provisions in DPP 2016 and DPM 2009 (wherever applicable), for optimising life cycle support for equipment.
  • To simplify policy and procedures for facilitating greater participation of Indian Industry and develop robust Defence Industrial base.
  • Wherever applicable, examine and incorporate new concepts, for instance life cycle costing, performance based logistics, life cycle support, codification & standardisation, lease contracting and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
  • Include provisions to promote Indian start-ups and research & development (R&D).
  • Any other aspect which will contribute towards refining acquisition process and support the Make in India initiative.