DAC likely to discuss blacklisting on Thursday

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New Delhi: The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) will meet on Thursday, officials said, adding that the focus will be this time not on acquisitions but on “policy issues”.

“The DAC this time will discus some policy issues,” an official said on Tuesday.

It is expected the changes in the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) will be discussed in the meet.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said on Monday that the DPP is expected to be ready by November end.

He had also said that issue of blacklisting of firms is expected to be discussed in the DAC.

Parrikar had said in December last year that the government is contemplating legalising “representatives” from defence firms, to remove middlemen who work for kickbacks.

He had also said government is thinking of reviewing all cases of blacklisted defence firms and may give conditioned and limited approval to dealing with some based on merit.