The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has directed all public sector undertakings (PSUs), central ministries and government organisations to give preference to indigenous cybersecurity products in public procurement.

Earlier, in March 2021, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had said that it has received several complaints from indigenous cyber product companies regarding the participation challenges faced by them in public procurement of such products.

According to the companies, the procuring agencies were citing restrictive and discriminatory conditions such as turnover, gartner quadrant, and other certifications in their tenders which were making it tough for local cybersecurity product makers to participate in the relevant bidding process.