BOOSTING DEFENCE

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Feb 2019 09:58:24


 

BOOSTING DEFENCE

THE approved changes made to the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) by the Ministry of Defence is not just a major boost to quick-fix in urgent requirements for the Armed Forces but also a major fillip to Indian vendors and ‘Make in India’ policy. A quick and responsive defence procurement system is imperative to keep the Armed Forces in action mode with sound operational capabilities.

Procedural delays and red-tapism are the biggest spoilers in any big project, including defence procurement. Delay in procedures was a major impediment in equipping our forces with the modern requirments. By doing away with unwieldy aspects in the process, the Defence Acquisition Council has paved way for a faster procurement of operationally urgent requirements of the forces.

The decision is also a welcome step to push indigenous production as the Ministry has simplified norms for participation for Indian vendors. With a duty advantage over foreign bidders, Indian vendors with quality production capabilities can be a big help for speedy procurements for the forces.

 

STAYING HUMBLE

SPIRIT of sportsmanship defines a champion, for, success has a cunning knack of acting as an aphrodisiac that can invite an ugly arrogance. The marauding West Indies teams till the late 80s were true ambassadors of the game as they convoked their aggression in the form of their skills and mingled as happy-go-lucky blokes once out of the cricketing whites. Such behaviour is essential for a champion team, and India is certainly on the right path of attaining these virtues.

ICC CEO Dave Richardson’s endorsement of the Indian team as a well-behaved one is pleasing to all cricket-loving public. The ascendancy India have achieved under Virat Kohli’s leadership must be complimented by a humble behaviour on and off the field. So far, the Indians have come up as worthy competitors who do not cross the line of decency on the field. Barring the Hardik Pandya blip, others have also turned up as gentlemen in public life. A mix of sporting aggression and gentle behaviour is the hallmark of winners. Indian cricketers are certainly on the desired course.