After Army Chief, now DRDO Chairman got extension, know the reason

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: After Army Chief General Manoj Pandey, the Center on Monday extended the tenure of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) chief Samir V. Kamat for one year. The order said that eminent scientist Kamat was appointed Secretary, Department of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and Chairman, DRDO on August 25, 2022. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the extension of Kamat's service as DDR&D Secretary and DRDO Chairman for one year from June 1, 2024 to May 31, 2025 or until further orders. According to the government order, this extension is valid for 1 year i.e. from June 1, 2024 to May 31, 2025 or until further orders.

What is the reason?

The government is going to implement the advice of the nine-member committee formed to further improve the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). This committee was formed last year, it was headed by Dr. K Vijayraghavan, former Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government. In January 2024, this committee gave its recommendations to make DRDO faster and more effective. Now the government is forming another internal committee to work on the advice of Dr. Vijayraghavan's committee. This new committee is headed by Dr. Kamat. The government report said that many important military projects of DRDO had problems. These included problems like taking more time and money, stopping them midway and calling them successful despite not achieving the necessary targets. This report is of 2022.

Extension of service of Army Chief General Manoj Pandey

Earlier on May 26, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet had granted a one-month extension to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Manoj C. Pandey, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC. General Manoj Pandey was due to retire on May 31, 2024. He was granted extension of service up to June 30, 2024, i.e. one month beyond the normal age under Rule 16A (4) of the Army Rules, 1954. General Pandey was appointed Chief of Army Staff (COAS) on April 30, 2022. He was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers (Bombay Sappers) in December 1982. Before assuming the post of COAS, he had served as Deputy Chief of Army Staff.

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