PIB Analysis : 17th and 18th August

PIB Analysis for UPSC CSE

Topics Covered

  1. Committee to review Defence Procurement Procedure
  2. World Skills International Competition
  3. BASIC, Map marking : Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia

1 . Committee to review Defence Procurement Procedure

Context : Raksha Mantri ShriRajnath Singh has approved setting up of a Committee under the Chairmanship of Director General (Acquisition) to review the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 and Defence Procurement Manual (DPM) 2009. The Committee will revise and align the procedures with the aim of ensuring seamless flow from asset acquisition to life cycle support.

About the Committee

  • The DPP 2016 and DPM 2009 have been due for revision. Aligning the procedures will ensure seamless flow from asset acquisition to life cycle support and strengthen the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government.
  • Apart from DG (Acq) 11 other members, not below the rank of Joint Secretary/Major General equivalent, are part of this high-level committee.

Terms of reference of the Committee

  • Revise the procedures as given in DPP 2016 and DPM 2009, so as to remove procedural bottlenecks and hasten defence acquisition.
  • Align and standardise the provisions in the DPP 2016 and DPM 2009, wherever applicable, to optimise life cycle support for equipment.
  • Simplify policy and procedures to facilitate greater participation of Indian Industry and develop robust Defence Industrial base.
  • Wherever applicable, examine and incorporate new concepts, such as life cycle costing, life cycle support, performance based logistics, ICT, lease contracting, codification & standardisation.
  • Include provisions to promote Indian start-ups and research & development.
  • Any other aspect which will contribute towards refining the acquisition process and support the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

2 . World Skills International Competition

About World Skills Competition

  • World Skills Competition, a flagship event of the World Skills International, organised every two years, is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world that truly reflects global industry.
  • The Competition will take place in Kazan on 22 – 27 August 2019. The 45th WorldSkills Competition will bring together more than 1,600 young professionals representing more than 60 countries who will compete in over 56 skills.
  • As part of Skill India mission, World Skills India is an initiative of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India. NSDC, through its World Skills India initiative, has been leading the country’s participation at World Skills International competitions since 2011.
  • The Indian contingent comprising 48 participants will be representing the country in 44 skills at the World Skills Kazan 2019
  • Categories of competition
    • Construction and Building Technology
    • Creative arts and Fashion
    • Information and Communication Technology
    • Manufacturing and Engineering Technology
    • Social and Personal Services
    • Transportation and Logistics

3 . Facts for Prelims

BASIC Countries

  • Brazil, South Africa, India and China put together has one-third of world’s geographical area and nearly 40% of the world’s population and when we unitedly speak in one voice this shows our determination and the BASIC Group could play an important part in making

Map marking

  • Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia

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