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Steady rise in budget allocation for DRDO


Press Trust of India New Delhi
There has been a steady rise in the budgetary allocation of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) since last three years, the Centre said on Wednesday, emphasising that it has been supportive of providing additional funds for the agency on need basis.
In a written response to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said Rs 13,501 was allocated to the DRDO in 2016-17. It increased to 15,399.25 and 17,121.99 in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
Naik said Rs 19,021.02 has been allocated for 2019-20.
It said the DRDO has created five young scientists laboratories to produce innovative and out-of-the-box solutions to meet the needs of the armed forces.
The five labs are Artificial Intelligence in Bengaluru, Asymmetric Warfare Technology in Kolkata, Cognitive Sensor Technology in Chennai, Smart Materials in Hyderabad and Quantum Technology in Mumbai.
In response to another question, he said modernisation of the DRDO is a continuous process, wherein new technologies, systems, sub-systems are indigenously developed for armed forces.
In addition to this, modernisation of infrastructure facilities is also continuously taken up to support these activities.
He said performance audit of DRDO labs was done on case-to-case basis by authorities in the last few years. Apart from this, the DRDO has been audited by a number of committees like the Kelkar panel committee.
Its suggestions like inclusion of representatives of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in the Defence Research & Development Board have been implemented.
"On the recommendations of Kelkar Committee, Rama Rao Committee was constituted in February 2007 by the government on matters related to the DRDO. Suggestions under the purview of DRDO have been implemented," he said.
In reply to a separate question on Akash Missile, Naik said it is an indigenous surface to air weapon system, designed and developed by the DRDO. It has been deployed by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Army (IA) in combat areas.
In recent development, Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SRSAM) global case has been withdrawn and also awarded to Akash with upgrades of Seeker Technology, Reduced footprint for weapon system elements, 360 degree engagement capability and high altitude/low temperature operation, which is named as 'Akash Prime'.

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First Published: Nov 27 2019 | 6:20 PM IST

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