Antony asks defence scientists for quality goods, timely delivery

June 22nd, 2009 - 9:59 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Defence Minister A.K. Antony Monday asked the top scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to desist from taking up too many projects and to ensure they provide special attention to the quality of products and their timely delivery.
“Desist from taking up too many projects and thereby losing focus; instead, concentrate on high technology and critical areas to help the country achieve self-reliance in strategic fields,” Antony said while addressing the DRDO Research Council here.

He asked the scientists to set a goal of achieving in ten years indigenisation of 70 percent in the manufacture of defence products from the current level of 30 percent. “Over-dependence on foreign suppliers is not conducive to national security in critical time.”

Antony also asked the scientists to have continuous interaction and build synergy with the defence services for greater success and acceptance of the products by the forces. “Give special attention to the quality of products and their timely delivery,” he said.

The DRDO, which is primarily responsible for production of weapon systems and equipment in accordance with the expressed needs and the qualitative requirements laid down by the three services, has been under fire for prolonged delays in production of quality products.

The DRDO Research Council consists of the scientific advisor to the defence minister, eight chief controllers (R&D), additional financial advisor and three distinguished scientists. The council is responsible for providing direction and guidance for execution of research and technology projects in different disciplines by the over 50 laboratories of the DRDO.

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