Restructuring of DGQA

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is considering undertaking overhauling of Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA), an agency under the Department of Defence Production (DDP). However, no final decision has been made on anything yet. The DGQA is primarily responsible for checking the quality of arms, ammunition and all other defence equipment used by the Indian Armed Forces.

The National Productivity Council (NPC) has been entrusted with the responsibility to study and recommend how the MoD can restructure DGQA. A study is being carried out by NPC at a cost of more than Rs 1.2 Crores. The MoD held discussions on the role of DGQA in pre-production, production and post-production stages; the status of self-certification (for manufacturers including private firms) including exports, and the status of third-party inspections.

Restructuring the effectiveness and efficiency of DGQA rationalisation of manpower has been recommended earlier as well and even the Shekatkar Committee has recommended that 5,000 posts be reduced at DGQA. As per MoD, it has 7,000 people on its rolls as against sanctioned strength of 14,000 people.

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