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This report is made by C-DEP which summarizes the Indian economy on all aspects from macro to micro level. Major highlights of the report are; 

  • Digital India outlay of US $17.5 billion;
  • India emerged as the top FDI destination in 2017, receiving $63 billion;
  • Proactive government and geopolitics creating opportunities outside India with Africa, Middle East, Latin America, South Asia;
  • Startups are witnessing rapid growth in India owing to easy access to technology, rapid growth of internet and deeper penetration of mobile technology; 
  • India rank in 2015 was 142 (out of 189 economies) in the World Bank ease of Doing Business Ranking 2015


The Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research (C-DEP), in partnership with IIT Delhi, conceptualized and created a national level platform for Best Practices in Public Procurement held on 17th July 2013 at IIT Delhi. 

The key issues which impact the digital economy that were discussed were:

  • Implementation of the ERV Clause in DGS&D RCs
  • Continuation of Centralized payment structure through CCA
  • Recognizing Existing IPR in Government Procurement Contracts.
  • Strengthening Quality Control through DGS&D Green Channel.
  • Standards Aware Procurement
  • Setting mechanisms for procuring the New Way of IT – Cloud, managed services etc
  • Creating a mechanism to support innovation procurement by the government


The Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research (C-DEP) appreciates the high quality of the draft policy on ICT&E R&D.

C-DEP believes that the policy can be further enhanced by also bringing in focus on non-structured innovation, especially those coming from MSME’s and vocational centres and by focusing on institutionalized processes for roping in large domestic corporations early on into a R&D lifecycle, in order to ensure appropriate commercializations and economic benefits.

The purpose of the document is to provide inputs to the draft Policy on R&D in ICT&E by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India, in order to strengthen the policy.


The Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research (C-DEP) supports the Indian government’s decision to create a single guideline for public procurement as outlined in the Public Procurement Bill 2012. With a view to synchronize the Government’s procurement policies as currently followed by the DGS&D with the PPB 2012, C-DEP’s observations are given in the following document.

C-DEP recommends that;

  • Payment terms, should be revised to a 98:2 ratio from the current 50:50 ratio,
  • The Ministry of Finance reinstates the Suspense Account, and creates a reliable screening mechanism till such time that the Suspense Account is reinstated,
  • The Chief Controller of Accounts (CCA) strengthens the payment process by tracking and updating the registration of authorized signatories who can ask payments to be released to vendors,
  • DGS&D rate contracts allow for a structured process for product upgradation during the time period of a rate contract,
  • The DGS&D moves towards accepting digitally signed documents that do not require ink signed backup copies,
  • OEM test reports in case of ERTL certification requirements be accepted by DGS&D, and
  • The DGS&D creates a mechanism for seamless validity of rate contracts.