Restructuring of the Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA)

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Source: This article on restructuring of the Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) is based on Department of Defence Production issues notification for re-organisation of DGQA” which was published in “PIB” on 29th March 2024.

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The Department of Defence Production has announced a restructuring of the Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA).

About restructuring of the Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA)

1) The Department of Defence Production has announced a restructuring of the Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) to streamline procedures and minimize levels of decision-making.

2) This is to enhance the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ and support self-sufficiency in Defence.

3) The reorganization is in line with the transformation of Ordnance Factories into new Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and the growing participation of the private defence sector.

4) The revised framework facilitates centralized technical support for equipment/weapon platforms and ensures consistent product-based Quality Assurance (QA).

5) Directorate of Defence Testing and Evaluation Promotion has been introduced to ensure the transparent allocation of Proof Ranges and testing facilities.

6) There is a focus on leveraging automation and digital technologies in QA processes to improve the Defence Industry’s interaction with DGQA.

About Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA)

1) The Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) is under Deptt. Of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence.

2) It ensures the quality of a wide range of weapons, ammunition, equipment, and supplies for the Armed Forces.

3) DGQA focuses on replacing imports with domestic products and collaborates with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on various projects.

4) It also works on organizing and standardizing documentation and materials to reduce diversity in components and equipment.

5) It supports small industries, offering post-purchase services, investigating defects.

6) It also provides technical advice to the military, the Ministry, and manufacturing entities.

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