Indian Navy, Ministry of Defense in a tussle over biggest submarine Make In India project.

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Highlights

  • A tussle has erupted over the biggest ‘Make in India’ project.
  • The tussle got erupted after the navy refrained from a going ahead with a joint public-private bid. While the defence ministry has emphasized that such teaming arrangements should be considered, as per procurement guidelines.

A tussle has erupted over the biggest ‘Make in India’ project after the navy refrained from going ahead with a joint public-private bid. While the defence ministry has laid emphasis that such teaming arrangements should be considered, as per procurement guidelines.’

MAKE IN INDIA Project

At the centre of the controversy is the Rs.45,000 crore submarine contest for the Navy-referred to as P 75I. So, that will witness the winning Indian entity producing six submarines domestically with a foreign partner. The contract is under the process of the strategic partnership model.

As per the sources, after an examination of financial records and manufacturing facilities, the navy’s empowered committee has shortlisted two India entities. Which would qualify the bid for Make In India project- state-owned Mazagaon Docks Ltd and private sector Larsen and Toubro. Both of which have considerable experience in shipbuilding.

On the other hand, all five foreign technology collaborators who applied have been cleared to participate in the competition.

Is it a Joint Venture?

However, a third attempt to bid was jointly made by Adani Defense and state-owned Hindustan-Shipyard Ltd has not been cleared. They have not been cleared on the grounds on administrative permissions are not in place for the joint venture that responded to the competitive process.

This has emerged as a point of contention, with the Department of Defense Production, under which HSL in under operation, asking the navy that HSL-Adani bid also be taken into consideration for the examination.  The department has sent recommendation on the basis of procurement rules state that cooperative arrangements between public and private companies should be considered.

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