If the latest buzz, over the appointment of new Chief of DRDO, are to be believd the time for role-reversal of DRDO Chief and Scientific Advisor to “Raksha Mantri’ (RM) seems to have reached in its final stage. A panel (comprising 08 defence scientists) has reportedly, been constituted for the post of DRDO Chief. It has raised the curiosity bars once again. While cancelling the contract of Avinash Chander, the erstwhile DRDO Chief, on January 13 (2015) PM Modi’s message was loud and clear that the posts of DRDO Chief and Scientific Advisor (SA) to RM will be bifurcated.
Reportedly, the new Scientific Advisor, which is yet to be appointed, might be mandated not only to keep a tab on the functioning and performance of the DRDO chief but would also act as catalyst to boost the PM’s Make in India initiative in defence technologies and develop exportable technologies of hardware production by defence public sector undertaking.