Government sets up high power committee to review DRDO

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has constituted a nine-member committee of experts under Prof K Vijay Raghavan.
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New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has set up a nine-member committee of experts under Prof K Vijay Raghavan to review and redefine the role of Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The committee has been asked to submit a report within three months.

Prof Vijay Raghavan is former Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India and one of the key architects of the National Research Foundation (NRF).

The other members of the DRDO review committee are: Lt Gen (Retd) Subrata Saha, former Deputy Chief of Army Staff, Vice Admiral S N Ghormade, former Vice Chief of Navy Staff, Air Marshal B R Krishna, former Chief of Integrated Staff, Sujan R Chinoy, DG of MP-IDSA, Prof Manindra Agarwal of IIT Kanpur, S.P. Shukla, President SIDM, J D Patil of Larsen and Toubro, Defence, Dr S Unnikrishnan Nair, Distinguished Scientist, ISRO, and Ms Rasika Chaube, Financial Advisor, Ministry of Defence.

While conveying the decision of Minister Rajnath Singh, DRDO Chief Samir V Kamat informed the committee members that the terms reference of the committee were :

•Restructuring and redefining the role of Department of Defence (R &D) and DRDO, as well as their relationship with each other and with academia and industry.

•Maximise academia, MSME, and start-up participation in the development of cutting edge technologies.

•Attract and retain high-quality manpower, including a system of project based manpower by a proper system of incentives and disincentives, with strict performance accountability, and weed out the non-performers.

•Utilize the expertise of NRIs/foreign consultants, inter-country collaborations for development of cutting edge and disruptive defence technologies.

•Modernize administrative, personnel and financial systems to achieve speedier implementation of projects.

•Rationalisation of laboratory structures and their performance evaluation process.

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