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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of: Defence

DEPARTMENT OF: DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 47
TO BE ANSWERED ON 21.07.2015

Overhauling of DRDO and Defence PSUs

47. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR 

Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Ministry acknowledges the need to overhaul the functioning of the DRDO and the DPSUs in order to realise Make in India programme targets for the Defence sector; and

(b) if so, the detailed plan and roadmap for the same?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF DEFENCE
SHRI MANOHAR PARRIKAR

(a) & (b): The functioning of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was reviewed by a Committee headed by Prof. P. Rama Rao. DRDO has accepted several recommendations which inter-alia include creation of Seven Technology Domain based Clusters headed by Director’s General; Restructuring of DRDO HQrs; Creation of Directorate of Quality, Reliability and Safety (QR&S); increase in budget for Extramural Research; creation of empowered Defence Technology Commission (DTC); creation of a Commercial Arm of DRDO; creation of 5 Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) posts along with 162 other posts for full scale implementation of Integrated Financial Advisor (IFA) Scheme etc.

Recently, a review of all DRDO Projects along with the three Services, OFB and Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) has been carried out so as to realign the focus towards the “Make in India” Programme. Also, more than 1000 small, medium and large Indian industries have been involved in the development and productionisation of products for the delivery to the Services.

With the objective of achieving self-reliance in defence production, the DPSUs have been continuously modernizing and upgrading their capabilities and widening their product range. Some of the DPSUs have also collaborated with DRDO and other R&D institutions in this regard. There is also increasing emphasis on partnerships of DPSUs with the private sector for sourcing various components so that DPSUs can play the role of system integrators and become more competitive.