The Indian Army began its work based on the Government Owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) model. The model will identify the potential industry partners for its base workshops and ordnance depots intended to improve operational efficiency. Army also issued a Request For Information (RFI) to shortlist service providers with experience in warehousing, logistics and supply chain management for Central Ordnance Depot (COD), Kanpur.
Also, the Army’s Master General of Ordnance (MGO) started to evaluate the GOCO model for Army Base Workshops (ABWs) to drive higher operational efficiencies. Indian Army has hired PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd. (PwC) as a consultant to run the process and to hold conferences & consultations with the industry.
The GOCO model was recommended by the Lt. Gen. DB Shekatkar (Retd.) committee. The model aims to enhance combat capability and re-balancing defence expenditure. As per the committee’s recommendations, the government has decided to disband two advance base workshops, one static workshop and four ordnance depots and eight ABWs are recommended to be corporatized on the GOCO model. The 8 ABWs that are identified by the army are located in Allahabad, Agra, Delhi, Kankinara of West Bengal, Jabalpur of Madhya Pradesh, and Meerut of Uttar Pradesh, Kirkee near Pune and Bengaluru.