Ex-Defence Minister Sh. A K Antony recommended reconsideration of DRDO recruitment of scientists again from UPSC channel instead of DRDO’s own Recruitment Assessment Centre (RAC). From 1984 on wards RAC independently recruited scientists as or when required by DRDO. The RAC is managed by DRDO scientists who were under control of DRDO top brasses directly.
CVO, MOD analyzed after receiving several complaints against DRDO top brasses that there were a lot of manipulations done in laid down recruitment rules by RAC & senior DRDO officials to recruit their wards. CVO, MOD proposed CBI enquiries against 10 top DRDO scientists who were involved in such criminal conspiracy. CVO, MOD also suggested that RAC be scrapped and scientists’ recruitment should be done through UPSC again. For this it was suggested that a study is conducted that would evaluate the RAC functionality by XLRI, ASCI Hyderabad, etc.
As DRDO has several experts bluff masters who have already proven their expertise by fooling the nation in different important projects, few are delayed by several years and few are closed unceremoniously.
So again they came forward to counter CVO, MOD suggestion and gave HR audit to Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad. ASCI introduced just one program in DRDO in 2006-07. Today, in 2014, ASCI is running several programs in the name of risk management, basic project management and a lot of other gimmicks in ITM-Mussoorie, DIPAS-Delhi, DRDL, ANURAG and so on. It is essentially a give and take game with no scope for improvement or benefits of DRDO or the officials. This can be seen from HR Audit of DRDO: A Pilot Study, a feedback format by ASCI, Hyderabad enclosed for your ready reference.
Interestingly the format is very good but the process of feedback is very bad.
The ASCI approaches each lab/establishment of DRDO with the feedback format. I don’t know whether ASCI knows about the absolute power of DRDO directors or not. Example of LASTEC, when ASCI approached Director, LASTEC, Dr. A K Maini and asked for 20 volunteer names of DRDS, DRTC and Admin allied, he gave names of 20 chamchas (yes-men) in all categories. Can you imagine that ASCI will get the real picture of DRDO work scenario by using such methodology of assessment? It is impossible. These things repeat everywhere and this futile exercise is for countering CVO, MOD suggestion only.
The major check points for ASCI
Section 2 Point No. 1. (c) Working for nation attitude – Totally missing very few young scientists having such thinking.
(f) Professional freedom – Nil and this is the main reason of the exodus of nearly 700 in the last three years. You can verify this from continuous questions in the parliament on this issue.
(i) Rewards and recognition – Only reserved for chamachas. Please see the last ten years award list (in case of LASTEC local annual awards when Chairman award committee was Dr. R K Tyagi he gave award to himself and when Chairman award committee was Mrs. Neelam Malhan she gave the award to herself. It is not a joke; it is the great award culture of DRDO, which is followed in all awards of DRDO.
(t)Opportunity of Promotion – Only reserved for chamachas. Almost 90% results of every assessment were known by labs officials before assessment. In DRDO, officials are divided in three parts, one whom the director makes sure their promotions, second part those if get clear promotion line or not cleared director doesn’t bother and third part are those for them director makes sure that in any case they have to be deprived for promotion. This is a well known truth of today’s DRDO.
(u)Training – Only reserved for chamachas. Only name of selected officials cleared by Director’s office. It is immaterial whether person selected for training is related with his assigned work or field.
Remaining points are useless.
Point No 3.
(h) Workload – there are more than 50 % workforce (nearly 30000 personal) that has no work load due to outsourcing for minting money. It can be proved by analyzing their specific individual output.
(i) Grievances redressal mechanism – Very poor it can judged by the increasing number of court cases and representations received by Scientific Adviser , ASCI will not get clear picture from an individual feedback of chamchas.
ASCI will take money and forget but the nation who is going to pay for this HR Audit; it will get a big zero.
It is requested to DRDO’s honest officials to fill the following formats and send to ASCI mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org to show the clear picture of DRDO to ASCI.