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Positive indigenisation list

  • IAS NEXT, Lucknow
  • 11, Apr 2022
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Recently, the Ministry of Defence has released the third positive indigenisation list of 101 items, comprising major equipment/platforms.

  • The ‘First Negative Indigenisation’ List comprising 101 items was notified in August 2020.
  • The Second Indigenisation list was notified in June 2021 import list for 108 items.

The Third List includes:v

Hghly complex Systems, Sensors, Weapons and Ammunitions like Light Weight Tanks, Mounted Arty Gun Systems, Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels (NGOPV) etc.

What is the positive indigenisation list?

Introduced in August 2020, the negative list essentially means that the Armed Forces—Army, Navy and Air Force—will only procure such items from domestic manufacturers.

  • The manufacturers could be private sector players or Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs).

Why was this policy needed? What will be the impact?

As per Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, India has been the second largest importer between 2014 and 2019 with US$ 16.75 billion worth of imports during this period.

  • The government wants to reduce the dependence on imported items in defence and give a shot in the arm to the domestic defence manufacturing industry.
  • By denying the possibility of importing the items on the negative list, the domestic industry is given the opportunity to step up and manufacture them for the needs of the forces.

2nd list:

The Defence Ministry notified the second negative import list, in May 2021, of 108 items that can now be only purchased from indigenous sources. The new list takes the total number on the list to 209.

  • The list comprises complex systems, sensors, simulator, weapons and ammunitions like helicopters, next generation corvettes, Air Borne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) systems, tank engines. 

Significance and implications of this move:

  1. Recognises the potential of local defence industry.
  2. Invigorate impetus to domestic Research and Development by attracting fresh investment into technology and manufacturing capabilities.
  3. Provides an excellent opportunity for ‘start-ups’ as also Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).