India decides to overhaul state-owned defence research body.
A new Defence Technology Commission, with Defence Minister AK Antony in the lead, is being set up to tackle the deficiencies of the DRDO and work out a plan for boosting defence research and development by transforming and revitalising it in form and substance.
Institutional, managerial, administrative and financial changes are being affected on the recommendations of a panel constituted by Antony in 2007 under the chairmanship of retired science and technology secretary P Rama Rao that gave its report in February 2008.
A private limited company with a seed capital of Rs 20 million will be set up as the commercial arm of the DRDO to deal with spin-off products and technologies meant for civilian use. "It will not take up any manufacturing activity. For any production activity, the services of the public or private sector industry will be utilised," a Defence Ministry statement said.
Defence Ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar told reporters that Antony had also ordered the de-centralisation of the DRDO management, making it a leaner organisation by merging some of its laboratories with other public funded institutions with similar disciplines.
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