Procurement

  • Defence Ministry clears acquisition proposals worth Rs 21,000 crore July 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Pressing ahead with its policy to promote domestic military industry, the government on Saturday cleared procurement proposals worth over Rs 21,000 crore and also okayed a project for the production of transport aircraft which is open only to Indian private sector companies. Among the major proposals to receive approval...
  • 100 lakh MT wheat procurement targeted in Rabi season February 24, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh is all set for procurement of 100 lakh MT wheat in the Rabi season this year for which 17.43 lakh farmers have been registered so far.  State Civil Supplies Corporation has been appointed as the nodal agency to procure wheat on support price which would be done from...
  • SAI launches project to weed out corruption July 26, 2013

    New Delhi: The Sports Authority of India (SAI) is working on implementing an ambitious project - e-tender procurement - to clamp down on corruption within the sports body. In his bid to make SAI more effective in its functioning, the SAI Director General is working on launching the 'e-tender procurement', wherein,...
  • Changes to defence procurement rules to be approved April 2, 2013

    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...
  • Punjab expects record wheat procurement this season March 27, 2013

    Chandigarh: Punjab is headed for a record wheat procurement of 140 lakh tonnes this season, officials of the state food and supplies department said in Chandigarh on Tuesday. "Punjab is all set for achieving a new record in wheat procurement as the state government would begin the biggest ever procurement operations...
  • After chopper scam, MoD plans to change procurement procedure March 26, 2013

    New Delhi: After the AgustaWestland scandal, the Defence Ministry is planning to tweak its procurement procedures. But insiders claim these changes are unnecessary and misplaced and reflect a knee jerk reaction from the government. South Block is abuzz with reports of an imminent change in the defence procurement procedures. The changes...
  • BJP questions 'shift' in defence procurement policy March 24, 2013

    New Delhi: Defence Ministry's move to have 'life cycle cost' clause in tenders for military hardware, including in one for the 126 Multi-Role Medium Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), has come in for questioning from BJP which fears this could be misused for corruption. BJP leader and former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha has...
  • Indian armed forces' plans on hold ahead of defence budget February 1, 2013

    New Delhi: The armed forces may have to trim some of their ambitious weapons procurement plans after indications that the defence budget could be cut by around four to five per cent if not more, as part of Finance Minister P Chidambaram's plans to lower the deficit. This could delay the...
  • No cut in budget for procuring essential equipment: Antony November 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Even as his Ministry is preparing itself for curtailment of funds, Defence Minister AK Antony on Saturday said there will be no cut in budget for procuring equipment essential for operational preparedness of armed forces. "Everything depends on the entire financial situation of the government...for ammunition and platforms...
  • Delhi: Mother Dairy milk prices hiked by up to Rs 2 September 8, 2012

    New Delhi: Pay more for your daily does of calcium now. Milk has become dearer by Rs 2 in the national capital. This is the first hike of the year. A litre of full-cream Mother Dairy milk will now cost Rs 39. Toned milk will cost Rs 31. Mother Dairy has attributed...
  • CBI questions suspended BEML Chairman VRS Natarjan August 24, 2012

    New Delhi: The CBI on Friday questioned suspended BEML Chairman and Managing Director VRS Natarajan in connection with alleged irregularities in procurement and supply of Tatra all-terrain trucks to the Army. CBI sources said Natarajan was grilled at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi for about five hours about issues that...
  • Army over-procuring rations for non-existent soldiers August 20, 2012

    New Delhi: An internal audit of the Army has raised questions about the supply chain of management of Army's rations. According to its report, the Army is allegedly over-procuring rations for at least two lakh non-existent soldiers. The Indian Army personnel have the option of drawing ration either in cash called...
  • IAF weapons procurement leak serious: Antony July 21, 2012

    New Delhi: Even as the Indian Air Force continues to debate the seriousness of the leak of its weapons procurement programme, the Defence Ministry on Saturday said it had ordered a CBI probe into the matter. "We have referred it to the CBI... The CBI is enquiring the whole thing," said...
  • Burdwan: 16 farmer suicides despite bumper crop June 24, 2012

    Burdwan: Burdwan may be the Rice Bowl of Bengal. However, its farmers are committing suicide. Here, rice is not a source of prosperity but of anguish. Spiralling debt has reportedly driven 16 farmers here to commit suicide in the past one year. Fifty-four-year-old Amiya Saha was one such farmer. The memories...
  • Defence procurement policy being reviewed: Govt May 3, 2012

    New Delhi: Government is reviewing the Defence Procurement Policy to address issues raised by the industry players and other stakeholders, a senior Defence Ministry official said in New Delhi on Wednesday. Addressing a conference on 'Streamlining the Indian Defence Procurement System', Financial Advisor to the Defence Ministry Amit Cowshish said the...
  • Government approves public procurement Bill April 12, 2012

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Thursday approved a bill that seeks to regulate government purchases of above Rs 50 lakh through a transparent bidding process. The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, approved the public procurement bill that has a provision to debar bidders found engaged in corrupt practices,...
  • Accused by Gen Singh, ex-Army officer moves HC March 30, 2012

    New Delhi: Lieutenant General (Retired) Tejinder Singh has filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court requesting it to issue directions to the Government of India and the Indian Army to withdraw the March 6 press release in which he has says serious allegations were levelled against him. The...
  • Govt bows to Rahul; to pay more for sugarcane November 19, 2009

    New Delhi: The Central government on Thursday decided to pay farmers more for their sugarcane after Congress MP Rahul Gandhi met the Prime Minister in the evening. Gandhi met Manmohan Singh to discuss farmers’ concern about a government ordinance that fixed the procurement price for sugarcane at Rs 130 per quintal....
  • India does not need to import wheat: Pawar April 23, 2008

    New Delhi: Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, on Wednesday, said that India had no need to import wheat this year. "I am confident of procuring 16-17 million tons of wheat this year... As of now I don't see a need for import of wheat," Pawar told PTI. India’s target is 15 million tonnes....
  • Pranab firm on arms purchase policy August 31, 2006

    New Delhi: The man responsible for spending a staggering Rs 89,000 crore of India's defence budget is laying down new rules of the game. While announcing a new arms procurement procedure on Thursday, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee, has sent out a signal that the establishment wants to be seen as...
  • New defence purchase policy unveiled August 30, 2006

    New Delhi: In a move to cut down delays in armament procurement, the Government on Wednesday unveiled new weapons procurement procedures reintroducing the fast track process in modified form and making field trials of weapons systems more transparent. The new Defence Procurement procedures and Manual-2006 released by the Defence Minister...