Staff Reporter

Kochi: India's Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP)-2009 upset precedents and all prevailing systems in the area of defence procurement and production, C. Sreekumar, general secretary of All-India Defence Employees Federation (AIDEF), said while addressing a general meeting of defence civilian employees organised by AIDEF as part of its ‘rights observation week'.

Accusing the Centre of “not putting for discussion such a procedure deviation of immense magnitude in Parliament,” he described DPP-2009 as containing hidden dangers. He said that by allowing foreign and domestic investments in defence production and procurement to the tune of 50 per cent and 100 per cent respectively, India-foreign joint ventures that resulted from these would divest the government of ownership of material made and purchased for the forces.

“New approaches such as granting of Raksha Udyog Ratna status to foreign and domestic firms will over time pose grave danger to national security,” he said.