Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has received the first Green Channel Status certificate from Directorate General Quality Assurance (DGQA) for supply of Spares for a particular Radar being manufactured by Military Radar Strategic Business Unit (SBU) of BEL's Bangalore Complex.
The certificate was issued by Chairman of the Green Channel Committee, Brig Vikram Ahooja, ADGQA (R&S), and was received by Mr Ravi B S, General Manager of Military Radar SBU. It is noteworthy that this is the first certificate issued to any organisation in India after the Green Channel Policy was formulated during March 2017.
The Ministry of Defence had promulgated the Green Channel Policy for promoting ease of doing business as part of its 'Make in India' initiatives. A mechanism was set up to award Green Channel Status to firms with pre-defined financial and quality credentials for broad categories of items having continuous requirement in the Defence Forces. Responsibility of inspection of goods is given to the firms, after their credentials are verified by the Green Channel Committee (GCC), comprising of various stakeholders from DGQA and the procurement ecosystem.
Green Channel Status is the authority given by the Purchaser to the Manufacturer to formally certify its products or stores on behalf of the purchaser or any other authority designated by him, after having verified the Firm's infrastructure, quality policies and practices to produce and supply goods of specified quality. The Purchaser's confidence in the Firm's Quality Assurance is the central tenet in awarding of Green Channel Status.