Sorting out differences over DRDO reforms: Antony

The Government is sorting out differences between various stakeholders before starting reforms of the Defence Research and Development Organisation.....

Written by Manu Pubby | New Delhi | Published:March 3, 2009 11:48 pm

The Government is sorting out differences between various stakeholders before starting reforms of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO),Defence Minister A K Antony has said.

Antony said his ministry was collecting comments from stakeholders,including the three armed forces and the Department of Defence Production,on the recommendations of the Rama Rao Committee. “We will compile their responses,sort out differences and take a decision,” Antony said on the sidelines of a defence function in Kochi.

The Government received the report by Rama Rao committee last year — the first-ever external review of DRDO — but the revamp plan has not been operationalised yet.

As reported by this newspaper in April last year,the Defence Ministry was planning to move a Cabinet note to implement the restructuring of the organisation but it got stuck due to inter-departmental consultations. This,after the Committee said that immediate steps be taken to reform DRDO.

However,the report raked up objections by other organs of the Defence Ministry,one being the suggestion that DRDO be involved in procuring weapon systems. The suggestion of moving out life sciences labs from DRDO raised objections from the body.

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