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DRDO scientists welcome appointment of new chief



New Delhi: After being without a full-time chief for around four months, the appointment of a chief at the premier defence research agency DRDO has been welcomed by the scientists and officials.

On Thursday night, the cabinet committee on appointments cleared the appointment of eminent scientist S. Christopher as director general of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for a two-year term while another scientist G.S. Reddy was appointed as the scientific adviser to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for a same period of time.

The scientists and officials said functional difficulties were being faced due in absence of a chief.

“It is a welcome step, being without a full-time chief cost DRDO in the last four months, impacted the work as coordination was suffering,” a senior DRDO official told.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar recently said that lack of a full-time chief at DRDO was being compensated with giving more power to cluster heads.

A DRDO official however said it did not solve the problem.

“Coordination between clusters is needed for smooth running of things. That was where the problem was,” said an official aware of the developments.

A senior scientist meanwhile said some tests also suffered due lack of clear guidance.

“Some tests suffered because there was lack of clarity. There was no clear boss, it makes a lot of difference,” said the scientist.

Former DRDO chief Avinash Chander was unceremoniously removed from his post and his tenure ended on January 31.

Chander held the posts of Director General, DRDO and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister and Secretary DRDO.

Defence Secretary R.K. Mathur was later given the additional charge of secretary DRDO.

Mathur retired on May 24.


Rahul Gandhi: Accepting Less Than Scrapping Farm Laws Will Be Deceit To Farmers



The Congress has stepped up the demand of immediately scrapping the farm laws in the wake of the farmers’ protest in the national capital. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet,”Accepting less than scrapping of three black farm laws will be deceit to farmers and the country.”

The Congress leader’s reaction comes even as the meeting between the farmers and the government is going on to resolve the issue.

Talks between the Centre and over 34 farmer union representatives has started here, even as the farmers protest entered the eighth straight day with thousands sitting on different Delhi borders blocking essential supply chains to the city.

Like the previous round of talks held on December 1, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal are leading the meeting, which is expected to play a major role in farmers’ future course of action on whether they would continue the protest or withdraw it.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union, Bharatiya Kisan Sanyukta Morcha and Krantikari Kisan Union are among over the 34 farm union representatives taking part in the meeting, which started around 12.30 p.m.

The fourth round of meetings with the farmer leaders started at Vigyan Bhawan after the earlier talks remained inconclusive on December 1.

In the last meeting, the farmers’ representatives had unanimously rejected the Centre’s proposal of a special committee to resolve concerns over the farm laws.

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