Latest step taken to enhance financial powers of DRDO officials without fixing the accountbility and ignoring all the .corruption complaints, right from Dr V K Sarswat to various, C C R&D, DG, like Dr K D Nayak, Dr Selvamurthy, Dr Guru Prasad, Director s like Dr.A K Saxena, Dr Lokendra Singh big Drama of Bio toilet, the list of very long
It seems Nirmala Sitaraman not having time to have a look at the piled up files of CVO, MoD and Director Vigillang & Security, DRDO
Or is she repeating the history of Ministry of defence when Congress government replaced Sh Pranav Mukherji with Sh Antony with some unseen motives.
27-June-2018 16:10 IST
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
To enhance efficiency and effectiveness of Defence Research establishments,
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman has decided to delegate greater
financial powers to various authorities. This wind of change in Defence
Research and Development (R&D) is intended to neutralise the ill-effects of
over-centralisation and facilitate quicker decision making. This is in line with
similar financial delegations made to Armed Forces in the last one year. The
delegated powers now stands enhanced as under:-
Powers of Secretary, Defence R&D to sanction projects and for
procurements enhanced from Rs. 75 Crore to Rs. 150 Crore and for the
Directors General (DG) enhanced from Rs. 50 Crore to Rs. 75 Crore
Enhancement of powers for Proprietary Article Certificate (PAC) cases
From Rs. 50 Crore. to Rs. 150 Crore for Secretary Defence (R&D);
From Rs. 25 Crore to Rs. 75 Crore to DGs;
From Rs. 2 Crore to Rs. 5 Crore for Lab Directors.
Enhancement of powers for Single Tender cases
From Rs. 50 Crore to Rs. 75 Crore for Secretary Defence (R&D);
From Rs. 25 Crore to Rs. 37.5 Crore for DGs;
From Rs. 1 Crore to Rs. 2.5 Crore for Lab Directors.
All Competent Financial Authority empowered to reallocate funds, reduce
and enhance costs of projects/programmes within their delegated powers.
The powers of Director General (DG) have been enhanced from Rs. 3
Crore to Rs. 5 Crore for sanctioning Research projects to Universities,
Technological Institutions and to Indigenous Defence Industry under the
Technology Development Fund Scheme of DRDO.
Powers of post-contract management and maintenance support in respect of
contracts for which CFA is the Ministry of Defence, have been delegated to
Directors General of DRDO in line with the delegations already made to
the Armed Forces.
Delegations for Hygiene and Maintenance Contracts, training expenses,
miscellaneous and contingent activities have been rationalized and
enhanced to ensure that sanctions are given at the Director and DG levels
with minimal flow of files to DRDO HQ.
Consequently, the powers for sanctioning of projects and for procurements that
were hitherto with the Secretary Defence R&D have now been delegated to the
Directors General of DRDO and the delegation to the Secretary, Defence R&D
has been doubled, A number of powers relating to day-to-day functioning that
were centralized at DRDO HQ have now been delegated to the DGs and Lab
Directors. The delegations also bring flexibility in Universities and by
indigenous defence industry. All the delegations that had been made in respect
of the services have also been extended to the DRDO.
The Director Generals of DRDO has expressed their satisfaction at this major
initiative by the Government and have opined that these forward-looking
measures would ensure that majority of the decisions relating to
implementation and functioning would largely be taken within the technology
clusters whereas policy issues would primarily come to the Government. Given
the geographically dispersed Clusters and Laboratories, this will be greatly
reduce file movements to and from the DRDO HQ at New Delhi and facilitate