An open letter to Mr PK ,Chattopadhyaya RDE(E)
Dear Mr Chattopadhyaya
Friends broke the wonderful news that you are back in your office a day after your retirement. I thought I must personally congratulate you.
Among the top management comprising officers who have gallantly delayed even the Golden Jubilee Monument Project of R&DE(E) by six years, you have achieved the unique distinction of successfully destroying a full Institution that was created by DRDO through some of us to bring in an element of accountability of Contracting processes in the Lab.
PDOC was DRDO’s response to the CAG audit report, CA No. 16 of 2012-2013 (Defence Services) that had detected 94% failures in R&DE(E)’s projects in 15 years and lamented that the Lab “did not even have a reliable database of the projects undertaken”. The Report further said, there was no mechanism in place to assess the “accountability of personnel towards success or failure of the projects”, implying that recommendations for promotions were based on dubious considerations.
PDOC had brought in the long-awaited order. A small team in a short time created an ISO-compliant IT-enabled database from whatever project documents it could lay its hands on. This wasn’t easy given that each project group was treated like an independent kingdom by their directors and they guarded their dark secrets jealousy. But the real skeletons began tumbling out when PDOC scrutinized the contract documents. This is where, you, at the helm of the ISO compliance, came to rescue of the culture of great Indian corruption which holds us from what it takes to become a developed nation. I am sure Mr Parlikar, the lab director, also deserves a lot of compliments for your reappointment.
Best warm wishes