No ‘particular’ but ongoing review of DRDO projects: minister

There is no ‘particular’ review of the functioning of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) but its projects and programmes ‘are subjected to regular reviews’ in consultation with outside experts, parliament was informed Wednesday.

Various authorities, including the Programme Management Board, and the Guided Missile Board review the activities of the DRDO, which has come under increasing fire due to slippages and cost overruns, forcing the armed forces to import the bulk of their equipment, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

‘The increase in the DRDO budget, in money terms, has been barely offsetting the inflation. There have been some delays in completion of projects and programmes due to various reasons like technological complexities, embargoes and sanctions imposed by technologically advanced countries, lack of availability of infrastructure in the country, extended and long user trials, and mid-stream change in user requirements,’ he added.

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