PMO tells departments, PSUs to pick ‘Made in India’ products

New Delhi: The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has asked government departments and public sector units to avoid choosing foreign products and brands at a time when the government is trying to boost domestic manufacturing through PM Narendra Modi’s flagship ‘Make in India’ programme launched at the start of his tenure. “Complaints are being received, alleging that government entities are indicating foreign make/ brands and/or restrictive conditions in their tenders, thereby excluding local manufacturers from bidding process,” principal secretary to the prime minister Nripendra Misra wrote in a January 3 letter to all secretaries. He wrote that such specifications violate government procurement and financial rules that were specially amended in May 2017 to push local content in government purchases.
“Our concern is Make in India,” Misra told ET. “We want progressive, continuous increase of indigenous components in products procured by us.”

The senior bureaucrat asked departments and ministries to ensure that restrictive specifications and standards that effectively exclude local manufacturers and service providers are not part of tenders. This is the second time that Misra has asked departments to follow the rules. In December 2017, he had sent a similar letter to the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP), asking it to strictly implement the public procurement policy to give preference to ‘Make in India’ approved by the Cabinet in May of that year.