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Centre moving fast on DRDO revamp plan.

AFTER showing the exit door to top defence scientist Avinash Chander, the Union government is moving fast to restructure Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

One of the key proposals that the Centre is working on is to separate the posts of DRDO chief and scientific advisor to the defence minister.

Under the existing system, the DRDO chief wears three hats: director general research and development, secretary department of defence R& D (research and development) and scientific advisor to the defence minister.

" We are thinking about splitting the dual position of a DRDO chief and scientific advisor. There should be two separate people for these two roles. Nothing has been finalised as yet," a top government official said.

Sources said the seniormost cluster head, Dr K. Tamilmani, director general of aeronautical systems, would take over as the DRDO chief after January 31, when outgoing chief Avinash Chander's contract ends.

The officer will work till a younger face is found to lead the organisation.

In the DRDO set up, a network of over 50 laboratories have been divided into seven clusters, each headed by a director general.

With voices emerging from various quarters that Dr Avinash Chander, known to be a top missile scientist, was removed unceremoniously, the government played down the sentiment claiming there was no problem with his conduct.

Before he became the DRDO chief, Avinash Chander had led the Agni missile programme, which was one of the success stories in the Indian nuclear history.

Sources said there was an urgent need to overhaul the organisation; there have been many complaints about projects getting delayed, leading to cost overruns impacting the modernisation of the armed forces.

The government wants a scientist with younger age profile to lead the organisation.

The move has been appreciated well by younger scientists in the organisation as their prospects for growth will become better.

On Wednesday, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had claimed that he Posts of chief and advisor to be split

had recommended the termination of Avinash Chander's contract 15 months before it was to end.

Sources said cases of other officers who were on extensions in DRDO were also under review.

" It seems no one wanted to retire from DRDO," said an official commenting on the high number of extensions given to scientists.

The work culture of the Defence Research and Development Organisation also came under the scanner of a parliamentary panel which, in its recent report, had pointed out the number of delayed projects. The armed forces, the end users of the technology, were far from satisfied with the performance of the research body as several top of the line equipment under development fell short of expectations.

The official maintained that Chander has not been sacked and has been given time till January 31 and underlined that he will continue to be DRDO chief till the last date. With PTI inputs

; RESTRUCTURE ROUTE The DRDO chief is also the scientific advisor to the defence minister and secretary, department of defence research and development ; The government wants to create two separate posts for DRDO heads and the scientific advisor to the defence minister ; Government sources said there were no complaints against DRDO chief Avinash Chander. His contract was terminated because the government wanted a younger face ; The government claimed his ouster was not motivated by any other consideration


THE defence minister on Thursday said that India is " well prepared" to thwart any possible attack during US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit on Republic Day.

" They (terrorists) may try to do something to create news. But we are well prepared," Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, hinting that terrorists might adopt their usual practice of carrying out a strike coinciding with a high profile visit.

Extensive security cover has been thrown around New Delhi for the Republic Day parade, where the threat level has gone up significantly.

The presence of US President Barack Obama as the chief guest has forced security agencies to pull out all their resources under its command to thwart any terror strike.

Outside New Delhi, the agencies have received reports about possible threats in other areas as well as that the terrorists could attack on soft targets like schools, religious places, military convoys and civilian areas in Jammu and Kashmir.

General Officer Commanding (GOC), 16 Corps, Lt. Gen.

K. H. Singh said that 36 launch pads across the Line of Control had gone active to push around 200 heavily armed militants. He said that Pakistan might try to divert the fringe elements of terror organisations to cross the Pir Panjal range and enter the Kashmir valley.

The killing of five militants of Jaish- e- Mohammad (JeM) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) in a fierce gun battle in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Thursday was not related to the Obama visit, the army has clarified.

Mail Today Bureau THEY (TERRORISTS) MAY TRY TO DO SOMETHING TO CREATE NEWS. BUTWE ARE WELL PREPARED. -- DEFENCE MINISTER MANOHAR PARRIKAR, on security threats during US president Barack Obama's upcoming R- Day visit ' ' Capital's security has been beefed up

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