Top Missile Scientist Avinash Chander removed As DRDO Chief

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  1. bose

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    New Delhi: The government on Tuesday abruptly removed the chief of India's top defence research organization, Avinash Chander, 15 months before his contract was to end.

    A cabinet panel on appointments headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the termination of Mr Chander's contract as chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organisation or DRDO.

    No official reason has been given for the sacking of one of the country's finest missile scientists, often known as the "Agni man" for leading the long-range Agni series missile programme.

    Mr Chander is likely to be replaced by Sekhar Basu, the Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.

    His unceremonious exit has stunned scientists, but sources in the government claim it was not entirely unexpected after PM Modi's criticism of what he called the "chalta hai (laid back)" attitude at a DRDO function in August.

    "It is not that India lacks the talent pool but I think there is this 'chalta hai' attitude," the Prime Minister had said, adding that the DRDO has to "decide whether it has to respond to the situation" and set the agenda for the world.

    Many of DRDO's projects such as the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, Nag missile, long-range surface-to-air missile project and the Airborne Early Warning and Control System projects have been delayed by many years and seen several cost overruns.

    Mr Chander was seen as the backbone of India's long-range missiles and many believe he has been instrumental in India becoming a missile power against all odds, when it was denied technology and had to face sanctions after its 1998 nuclear test.

    Sources say the government wants a younger person to head the DRDO and give it a more dynamic face. Mr Chander in November turned 64, which is the age at which DRDO chiefs retire. His term had been extended till May, 2016.

    Dr Basu, who is tipped to take over from him, was instrumental in designing the prototype nuclear reactor for India's nuclear submarine, INS Arihant, which went on sea trials recently

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  3. sayareakd

    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    Its sad that man like him was sacked like that. He has done so much for country. Hope it is not about postpone missile test.

    Interesting to see who will get top post.
    BTW now there will be delay in Dr. Chandra project of making nuke response in few hours, rather then day or two at present projet.
     
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    The GoI may be having better plans to use such talents.

    C'mon , such will keep a precedence that, DRDO should be more professional organization; that an organization that has all privileage to do whatever it wants with the enorumous fund provided to it.

    The professionals who work in DRDO wont be shocked when they see such acts action being taken against their counterparts of their caliber by USA or any country in the west, if their chief is sacked for cost over runs and target date reshuffles.

    The taken for granted attitude should be kicked at some point.

    The GoI will have better plans to use such talents though retired.
     
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    wish he would be needed elsewhere within the country. he still has a lot to offer.
     
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    Who will/can be Chander’s replacement ?

    The Removal of Chander's sir came as a shock.
    The Govt might have some bigger plans for him,but the question now arises is
    Who will or who can step in for his post?
     
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    Re: Who will/can be Chander’s replacement ?

    Mr Chander is likely to be replaced by Sekhar Basu, the Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.
     
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    Pulkit Satyameva Jayate "Truth Alone Triumphs" Senior Member

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    Re: Who will/can be Chander’s replacement ?


    Sekhar Basu, the Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre is a great leader.
    But just my view. Sekhar sir is 62 years of age and I believe government wants to bring someone younger and experienced.

    There should be more than one candidate for such an important position.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Dr Chander, a Jadavpur University alumni, personally maybe a great scientist, but as a Head of the DRDO, it was also incumbent on him to ensure that those who work under him show positive results.

    Notwithstanding media and other 'informed' views of all and sundry, except in certain fields, DRDO was not pulling its weight. India cannot afford to import arms, weapons platforms and weaponry. It is a great financial drain. India has to have an indigenous arms development organisation that delivers.

    Not everything can be developed in India, but there are many things that can be developed, but red tape and 'chalta hai' attitude is the bane of the DRDO in general since there are also areas where they are doing well for the country.

    Accountability must get inbuilt in the DRDO and it should not be taken as a 'safe' govt job with pay, accommodation, perks, health are and an assured pension. Unfortunately, it is taken just to be that.

    There has also be a requirement to incorporate Universities, research and development facilities across the country and the private manufacturing sector.

    The OFB is another area that requires a shakedown. It has immense slippages and churns out products that would not pass a genuine quality control check.

    The practice of handing out contracts to 'small business' and ancillaries for non specialised parts and assembly based on 'social' or political consideration is another bane of the system.

    DRDO and OFB can deliver, only if they are shakendown.
     
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    Tbh i am a bit disappointed with the way a man like chander was unceremoniously sacked
     
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    Lets hope new guy will deliver on other products and make BMD operational soon.
     
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    Parrikar - "didn't want senior post to held by someone on contract Recommend sacking... need younger scientists as chief"
     
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    Then why did the gov. give him the contract in Nov.?
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    It was given by the MMS Govt.
     
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    On a positive note the govt is signalling to babus - "GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER OR BE SACKED"
     
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    Parrikar explains DRDO chief removal, says 'no controversy' - Hindustan Times

    A bit surprising that the press got this information before it could even be officially conveyed to ex-chief, along with a the letter. Seems like someone might have leaked it out. Quite sad when it happens this way...it can really make the person feel awkward.

    Centre Sacked DRDO Chief After Critics Lashed Out For Delayed Projects and Cost Over-run - The New Indian Express

     
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    Precisely, that would be my guess. It is a major signal to babus, services Chiefs, and defence bureacracy that "Chalta Hai" attitude days are over.
     
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    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

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    personally i dont see it as a sacking although the media for their reasons ( to create a "story" ? )
    is calling it so -...also maybe once Namo had given a poor report card as far back as august,
    then the boss man at Dr Do should have left of his own accord, after all he already had retired.

    He should , if he really wants to prove a point do like that Dr Pillai who formed a private company
    to develop Brahmos
    He can undertake some project and do it better than the new Dr Do management or he can join
    Dr Pillai an they can do something great ....its not the end of the world for him
    if he really wants to prove a point .

    maybe they can even get former prez, Dr. Kallam to join them ?

    update 1 :- most media online are critical of Dr. Do but mildly praise the former boss for his
    agni successes although they also state it was borrowed from isro.

    my view so far; Namo has bungled on this one ...it doesn't look good ...his left arm didnt know
    what the right arm was doing ...Parrikar didnt know and had to learn 2nd hand ....doesn't augur well
    for management within bjp upper echelons - this wasnt properly done and may take a long time
    for the regrettable feeling to go away.
     
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    Such a unceremonious exit is not uncommon in public sector, they are done in cases where govt wants to avoid lobbying for cancellation of such orders. Then again if you look at the order letter all those personal secretaries of ministries are on the list whose appointments were in controversy at the beginning of modi's govt.

    I remember an instance where my friend's father who was circle inspector, he was given transfer orders in the Kalyan Mandap during his daughter's marriage.
     
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    Bhadra Defence Professionals Defence Professionals Senior Member

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    The man had already retired .. so what is the fuss..
    Gave extension to 20 odd senior scientist without asking any one..
    even after Modi wanted young shoulder to head some labs..
    Lots of complaints against him by senior scientists.. That is what is being reported
    Chief of DRDO tends to be bureaucratic rather than a scientist..

    The Defence of the country only and solely by missiles - Rest all go to hell. That kind of approach is fraught with danger for the country. Missiles - only agni .. rest all lingering..

    Media hunger and penchant for politics should be shunned by an organisation like DRDO ....

    There has to be something more also ...
     
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  21. archie

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    Missile Program was one program where is there is not a single outside interference (Commercial) and ABsolutly no one will market a missile .. The Scientiest were extermly great but other labs have commercial intervension..

    In appointments like this public knowledge is only on success or delay not the actual status of the programs or his management style.. I personally think he has already retired.. But i would have hoped that it was managed well by asking him to resigin.. I guess the news leaked before he could have been give an face saver.. All Alumini should be given option to become consultants for Domestic Private firms working on the same sector
     

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