Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday approved the third Positive Indigenisation List (PIL) in continuous pursuit of self-reliance in defence manufacturing and to minimise imports by Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) to be made in India under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
The list includes 780 Line Replacement Units (LRUs)/Sub-systems/Components that will be procured only from Indian industry. All three PIL lists approved till now aim to minimize the imports by DPSUs.
“This list is in continuation to the two PILs of LRUs/Sub-systems/Assemblies/Sub-assemblies/Components that were published in December 2021 and March 2022,” Defence Ministry said in a press release
These lists contain 2,500 items which are already indigenised and 458 (351+107) items which will be indigenised within the given timelines, the ministry further stated, adding that out of 458, 167 items (1st PIL -163, 2nd PIL – 4) have been indigenised, so far.
Indigenisation of these items will be taken up through different routes under ‘Make’ category, the ministry’s statement read. It added that the ‘Make’ category aims to achieve self-reliance by involving greater participation of the Indian industry.
Projects involving design and development of equipment, systems, major platforms or upgrades thereof by the industry can be taken up under this category, the release mentioned.
The indigenous development of these LRUs/Sub-systems/components will bolster the economy and reduce the import dependence of DPSUs. In addition, it will help to harness the design capabilities of domestic defence industry and position India as a design leader in these technologies.
The DPSUs will soon float Expression of Interest (EoIs)/Request for Proposal (RFPs) and industry may come forward to participate in large number. The industry may look for EoIs/RFPs on the Srijan dashboard website, specifically designed for the purpose.