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New Delhi : To encourage more participation of Indian industry including Start-ups and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Defence Research & Development (R&D) for achieving ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh released a new version of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Procurement Manual 2020 (PM-2020) here on October 20, 2020.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajnath said, “The new DRDO Procurement Manual will facilitate the indigenous Defence Industry by simplifying the processes and ensure their participation in design and development activities. The PM-2020 will help in realising Prime Minister  Narendra Modi’s dream of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.” He appreciated the contribution of all the officials of DRDO and Finance wing in the Ministry of Defence for their contribution in bringing out the revised PM-2020, according to a PIB release.

The PM-2020 will facilitate faster execution of R&D projects/programmes. The modified features of the Manual will go a long way in facilitating participation of industry in various R&D projects.

Bid security declaration option for earnest money deposit, increase of threshold limit for advance payment, placement of order to lowest bidder 2 (L2) in case L1 backs out are some of the salient features of the new manual, which will assist the industry in the speedy execution of projects.

Some more enabling measures of PM-2020 are exemption of bid security and performance security up to Rs 10 lakh, no negotiations for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) items/services wherever price discovery is happening through market forces.

Performance security for service contracts is linked to the payment cycle instead of total contract value. Procurement of stores from development partners, safeguarding of free issue material through insurance cover instead of bank guarantee (BG) are other facilitating measures adopted to help the industry.

In the new PM-2020, the liquidated damage (LD) rate for development contracts has been reduced. The delivery period (DP) extension process has been simplified for faster decision making. Many of the internal procedures have been further simplified for faster engagement with industry. It may be noted that the previous Procurement Manual of DRDO was last modified in 2016.

Those present on the occasion included Secretary Department of Defence Research & Development and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary (Defence Finance) Gargi Kaul and other senior officials of Ministry of Defence.