New Delhi: The Defence Acquisition Council is expected to approve changes to procurement rules on Tuesday and sources said the new rules will give domestic industry, both public and private, the right of "first refusal" before the import option is exercised.
The rules are intended to boost indigenisation and lower the current high levels of imported weapons and equipment. But critics said the current defence procurement procedures already provide for indigenisation and the amendments appear more of a knee jerk reaction to the scandal surrounding bribe-giving in the AgustaWestland case.
"There is nothing new to be created in my opinion because buy and make Indian is here. You can opt for that under the existing system. No change is required in the procedure except if you were to mandate that everything will be done through this route," a defence expert said.