A month after India’s Defence research agency, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), was told to speed up its weapons and systems development programmes to ensure self reliance, the Government has announced that DRDO has stepped up development of certain UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had slammed the DRDO last month for deficiencies in its projects, and had highlighted procedural lapses in obtaining sanction for its new projects. CAG had also noted that financial powers of the DRDO Director‐General and Defence Research and Development Department Secretary were enhanced from Rs 25 crore to Rs 50 crore and Rs 60 crore to Rs 75 crore, respectively. Defence Minister Mr A.K. Antony had emphasised the need for self reliance in military equipment and asked for speeding up the DRDO projects.
Source: Hindu Business Line