New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh released an order on Delegation of Financial Powers to Defence Services (DFPDS) 2021, providing enhanced delegation of Revenue Procurement powers to the Armed Forces on Tuesday here in the capital. "The DFPDS 2021 aims to empower field formations, focus on operational preparedness, promote ease of doing business and enhance jointness among the Services," Defence Ministry said in an official statement released Tuesday.
"The enhanced delegation of Financial Powers to functionaries in Service Headquarters and lower formations would result in quicker decision making at all levels leading to better planning and operational preparedness of the Services in a quicker time frame and optimum utilisation of resources," it said.
The primary focus of the enhanced delegation of financial powers is to empower Field Commanders and below to procure equipment or war-like stores in a speedy manner for urgent operational necessities and meeting essential sustenance requirements. The last such enhancement at all levels for the Defence Services was done in 2016.
Speaking on the occasion, Rajnath Singh described DFPDS 2021 as another big step in the series of defence reforms being undertaken by the Government to strengthen the security infrastructure of the country. He stressed the need to revise the policies to cater to the needs of the Armed Forces, exuding confidence DFPDS 2021 will not only overcome procedural delays but also bring about greater decentralisation and operational efficiency.