- The defence ministry has announced a policy which will allow private defence firms to self-certify the quality of their products.The policy also covers the defence public sector units (DPSUs).
- The objective of the policy is to promote ease of doing business and achieve the vision of ‘Make in India’.As per the policy, a mechanism will be instituted for awarding self-certification status to private industry and DPSUs.
- Currently, supplies by DPSUs and private vendors are subjected to clearance by the Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA).The responsibility of awarding the self-certification status will be with DGQA.
- The policy paper has said that when suppliers with self-evident quality systems are awarded self-certification status,it encourages them to assume direct responsibility to sustain and improve quality.
- However,the policy has been opposed by the All India Defence Employees Federation.It said that this move will close down Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA).
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