Don’t rely on equipment supplied by vendors from single country: Panel
The group of experts comprising representatives from the ministry of defence, ministry of earth sciences, department of technology, department of atomic energy , department of space, Intelligence Bureau, research and analysis wing, National Technical Research Organisations and the department of expenditure, has identified 12 critical ministries and departments, which procure sensitive equipment from overseas who need to implement these recommendations.
Interestingly, the recommendations suggest setting up of an agency which would identify technology start-ups across the globe and acquire them to facilitate in-house technology development.
Meanwhile, an expert group constituted by department of science and technology has identified Bharat Electronics (BEL) as an agency, which could carry out this work for the government until a long term mechanism is established.
“Most of the sensitive equipment, including radar and telecom infrastructure equipment, are not currently manufactured by a single source or country. In many sensitive equipment, critical sub systems are manufactured/ designed by small start-ups. A careful study must be carried out to locate such start-ups and acquire them. This will be economically attractive than technology transfer and would also open the doors to international markets,” the report submitted
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