Justifying the sudden sacking of DRDO chief Dr. Avinash Chander, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said here that he had recommended Dr. Chander’s removal as he felt that the position should be held by someone from a younger generation.
A day after Dr. Chander’s removal, the Defence Minister said the decision to go for replacement of the Defence, Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief was not controversial.
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the “termination” of Dr. Chander’s contract from January 31.
Defence Minister told:I had recommended that this position should not be held by a person on contract.
Dr. Chander, as Director General DRDO was also the Secretary, Defence Research and Development and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister.
He had retired on November 30 last year on attaining the age of 64 but was asked to continue in the same position on the basis of an 18-month contract.
Mr. Parrikar maintained by saying: The extension was a result of the previous government’s decision.
Dr. Chander had joined DRDO in 1972 and was the chief architect of Agni ballistic missiles program.
On who the next DRDO Chief would be, he said the senior-most person of cluster heads will hold the post temporarily.