the recommendations of the Kelkar Committee, a nine-member independent committee
of experts had been constituted by the government in February 2007, under the
former secretary of the Dept of Science and Technology and present vice chancellor
of the Hyderabad Central University Dr P Rama Rao to look into the functioning
of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Committee is presently interacting with senior officials of the Ministry of Defence,
DRDO and the Services, and is likely to submit its report by next February, defence
minister AK Antony said in a written reply to Iqbal Ahmed Saradgi in the Lok Sabha
on Monday 10 September.
committee was to look into long delays in the DRDO''s projects to develop strategic
systems, battle tanks, electronic warfare and communication systems, armour and
armaments, life support systems, naval systems, missile systems etc.
said the government has taken steps for more timely completion of projects, including
timely reviews and monitoring for financial and technical progress through multi-tier
also called for adopting technology evaluation and assessment prior to up fresh
projects, promoting synergy and better coordination among the Services, DRDO and
production agencies through cluster meetings, and by adopting ''concurrent engineering''
and ''joint venture'' approaches for development and production.
its part, the DRDO has devised and implemented better project management methods.
Private sector participation under the "make" category as per Defence
Procurement Procedure - 2006 has been implemented.
Armed Forces are now apprised of the progress of DRDO projects. They also participate
in design and development, Antony said in an earlier written reply to Francis
Fanthome and Pusp Jain in the Lok Sabha.