In major reform, field formations of Indian armed forces get greater financial powers to procure equipment
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh termed this as another big step to strengthen India's security infrastructure
With the Ministry of Defence delegating greater financial powers, field formations of the Indian Armed Forces will now find it easier to procure equipment so that operational preparednes can be maintained at all times.
Announced by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday, the order on Delegation of Financial Powers to Defence Services (DFPDS) 2021 aims to empower field formations; focus on operational preparedness; promote ease of doing business and enhance jointness among the Tri-Services.
How DFPDS 2021 will empower the Armed Forces
The enhanced delegation of Financial Powers to functionaries in Service Headquarters and lower formations would result in quicker decision making at all levels leading to better planning and operational preparedness of the Tri-Services in a quicker time frame and optimum utilisation of resources.
The primary focus of the enhanced delegation of financial powers is to empower Field Commanders and below to procure equipment/war-like stores in a speedy manner for urgent operational necessities and meeting essential sustenance requirements.
The last such enhancement at all levels for the Defence Services was done in 2016.
Key features of DFPDS 2021
* Financial powers devolved to field formations; focus on operational preparedness; promote ease of doing business and jointness among Tri-Services.
* Two times general enhancement for competent financial authorities; Up to 5-10 times at field formations in certain Schedules.
* 10 percent increase in delegated financial powers of Vice Chiefs of Services
* Up to three times increase in Schedules related to Indigenisation/R&D to achieve ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’
* Enabling provision of ‘Emergency Financial Powers’ to Field formations below Command level for Defence Services incorporated in Emergency Powers Schedule for immediate military necessities
* Substantial delegation has also been approved for non procurement powers.
Singh reiterates resolve to make India’s security system strong and ‘Aatmanirbhar’
Defence Minister Singh described DFPDS 2021 as another big step in the series of defence reforms being undertaken by the Government to strengthen the security infrastructure of the country.
He stressed on the need to revise the policies to cater to the needs of the Armed Forces, exuding confidence DFPDS 2021 will not only overcome procedural delays, but also bring about greater decentralisation and operational efficiency.
The Defence Minister reiterated the Government’s resolve to make the security system of the country strong and ‘Aatmanirbhar’ in every way. Calling for optimum use of resources, he exhorted all the stakeholders to cooperate in realising the vision of the Government.