DRDO opposes it but House panel underlines: you need outside audit

The Defence Ministry strongly resisted it. The Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister discarded it as unnecessary. But the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence has now categorically rejected both views and recommended that the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) be brought under the audit scrutiny of an “independent and external” panel of experts to make sure that expensive and delayed defence projects don’t remain indefinitely adrift.

The report is scheduled to be tabled in the Budget session of Parliament.

In the report, compiled after detailed testimonies from the military top brass and independent experts over several months, the Standing Committee, chaired by Balasahib Vikhe Patil, has observed, “There is no scientific audit of DRDO projects as such. However, the DRDO has mechanism of feasibility study, design and technology evaluation, project peer review. The Committee observe that inspite of that, a large number of projects are showing inordinate delay and escalation of huge cost. The Committee therefore recommends that in addition to existing audit system, DRDO’s projects must also be audited by external and independent audit group of experts duly approved by the Government of India.”

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One Response to “DRDO opposes it but House panel underlines: you need outside audit”

  1. RC Chakraborty Says:

    The DRDO Directors’ Conference held on February, 21, 2007 was effective in a sense that media started reminding about DRDO functioning more frequently. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Extracts from few such reporting are reproduced below for quick reference. . . . . . . . . .

    Assuming that what all is said is correct, then DRDO must be Looking for alternatives to its failures, which means DRDO is preparing to take few “hard decisions”.

    Some hard decisions I have in my mind which I would like to share are :

    . . . . . . .

    (Please Read complete article at : http://myreaders.wordpress.com/
    June 23, 2007, posted by myreaders )

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