Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) welcomed the newly released Defence Production Policy covering a wide spectrum of defence production related issues and primarily aiming at self-reliance in defence. However, Maj Gen Mrinal Suman, showed some discontent while interacting with Salute. He said, : “Despite all efforts, there has been no speeding up of the procurement process. Funds continue to get surrendered while the services remain deprived of critical equipment. Decision making continues to be highly sporadic and erratic. Questions are still raised regarding lack of transparency. Competition remains limited. The Government has not been able to put in place a responsive, dynamic and effective defence procurement regime. The complete process suffers from indifference, apathy, inefficiency and lassitude. Deficiency of quality procurement staff is another major contributory factor. Doing business with the defence continues to be a highly complex and daunting task for the companies.” CII also pointed out that the policy does not clearly highlight a level playing field for private defence industry.