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PIB Daily – 22th October 2019 – IASToppers

TechSagar; Defence Acquisition Council (DAC); Data Security Council of India;
By IASToppers
October 22, 2019

Contents

Defence & Security Issues

  • Government approves procurement of indigenously developed military hardware

Science & Technology

  • TechSagar, national repository of India’s cyber tech capabilities launched

 

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Defence & Security Issues

Government approves procurement of indigenously developed military hardware

The Defence Ministry accorded approval for procurement of indigenously designed and developed military equipment including anti-tank guided missiles worth over Rs 3300 crores for the armed forces.

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  • The decision was taken at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

ABOUT DEFENCE ACQUISITION COUNCIL (DAC):

To counter corruption and speed up decision- making in military procurement, the government of India in 2001 decided to set up an integrated DAC.

  • It is headed by the Defence Minister.
  • The DAC is responsible to give policy guidelines to acquisitions, based on long-term procurement plans.
  • It also clears all acquisitions, which includes both imported and those produced indigenously or under a foreign license.

Objective of DAC:

  • The objective of the Defence Acquisition Council is to ensure expeditious procurement of the approved requirements of the Armed Forces in terms of capabilities sought, and time frame prescribed, by optimally utilizing the allocated budgetary resources.

Functions of the DAC include:

  • In-principle approval of 15 Year Long-Term Integrated Perspective Plan for Defence Forces;
  • accord of Acceptance of Necessity to acquisition proposals;
  • categorization of the acquisition proposals relating to ‘Buy’, ‘Buy & Make’ and ‘Make’;
  • issues relating to Single vendor clearance;
  • decision regarding ‘offset’ provisions in respect of acquisition proposals above Rs. 300 crores;
  • decisions regarding Transfer of Technology under ‘Buy & Make’ category of acquisition proposals; and
  • Field Trial evaluation.
[Ref: PIB, Economic Times]

 

Science & Technology

TechSagar, national repository of India’s cyber tech capabilities launched

As India aspires to become a trillion-dollar digital economy, the TechSagar repository will facilitate new opportunities for businesses.

TechSagar,

ABOUT TECHSAGAR

TechSagar

  • TechSagar is an online portal which will include database of business and research entities from the IT industry, startups, academia, and individual researchers.
  • It would provide insights and targeted search about India’s cyber capabilities in 25 key areas including internet of things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cyber security, among others.
  • It was launched by the National Cyber Security Coordinator’s office in partnership with Data Security Council (DSCI) of India.

SIGNIFICANCE:

  • The repository will facilitate new opportunities for businesses and academia to collaborate, connect and innovate in future.
  • TechSagar will allow targeted search, granular navigation and drill down methods using more than 3000 niche capabilities. As of now, the repository features 4000+ entities from industry, academia and research including large enterprises and start-ups providing a country level view of India’s cyber competencies.

ABOUT DATA SECURITY COUNCIL OF INDIA

  • It is a not-for-profit industry body on data protection setup by National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM).
  • It aims to make the cyberspace safe, secure and trusted by establishing best practices in cyber security and privacy.
  • To further its objectives, DSCI engages with governments and their agencies, regulators, industry sectors, industry associations and think tanks for policy advocacy, thought leadership, capacity building and outreach activities.
[Ref: PIB]

 

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