Final Version of Defence Production Policy To Be Unveiled Soon


The final version of the ‘Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy (DPEPP) 2020’ will be put out very soon, Mr. Sanjay Jaju, Additional Secretary Defence Production, said while speaking at a webinar on “defence testing and certification for speedy procurement” by Ph.D. Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The draft DPEPP 2020 was released last August for public feedback and once it comes into effect will serve as the overarching guiding document of MoD to provide a focused, structured and significant thrust to defence production capabilities of the country for self-reliance and exports. The first negative import list issued last year had listed 101 military items that cannot be imported from abroad.

The Defence Production Policy has laid out following goals and objectives:

  1. To achieve a turnover of Rs 1,75,000 Crores (US$ 25Bn) including export of Rs 35,000 Crore (US$ 5 Billion) in Aerospace and Defence goods and services by 2025.
  2. To develop a dynamic, robust, and competitive Defence industry, including the Aerospace and Naval Shipbuilding industry to cater to the needs of the Armed forces with quality products.
  3. To reduce dependence on imports and take forward “Make in India” initiatives through domestic design and development.
  4. To promote export of defence products and become part of the global defence value chains.
  5. To create an environment that encourages R&D, rewards innovation, creates Indian IP ownership and promotes a robust and self-reliant defence industry.

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As part of efforts to promote the role of private sector in defence manufacturing testing facilities of DPSUS and DRDO are being opened up for use by private sector while new ones are planned to be set up under the Defence testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS).

On this Mr. Jaju said that the Request For Proposal is expected to be floated soon and industry consultations will also begin shortly, “Under DTIS, testing infrastructure is planned to be set up through public private partnership mode…” he stated while listing a series of measures being taken to simplify the testing and certification procedures like self-certification and using simulations, among others. The RFI for DTIS was issued in February this year.

The DTIS proposes setting up six to eight greenfield testing facilities in partnership with the private sector with a total Grant-in-Aid of ₹400 crores, according to the Directorate General of Quality Assurance.



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