DRDO slow in implementing suggestions: Antony

New Delhi: Observing that the DRDO was "slow" in implementing recommendations of a committee formed to improve it functioning, Defence Minister AK Antony today said "many deficiencies" in the research body would be tackled if the suggestions are fully implemented.

Deviating from his written speech at the DRDO Directors' Conference here, he also warned the DRDO against any lack of transparency in its collaborations with other firms and said he would not hesitate in cancelling any such tie-ups in case any wrongdoings were found.

"To be frank, the Rama Rao Committee recommendations are being implemented slowly... Many deficiencies would be taken care of if it is fully implemented," Antony said.

"I have already directed implementation of the committee's recommendations... On my part, I assure you that we will give a serious consideration to the Defence Technology Council," he said.

The government had constituted a committee under P Rama Rao to suggest measures for improving the functioning of the DRDO whose several projects have suffered long delays.

Some of the recommendations of the committee were to restructure the DRDO and make it a leaner organisation. It had also recommended setting up of a commercial arm of the DRDO.

Commenting on the delays in the defence projects, Antony said, "Delivery delayed is delivery denied. No doubt, there may be a few legitimate reasons for the delay but we must make every effort to strictly adhere to timelines."

Voicing concern on delays, Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma said, "It has resulted in lag in technology with the role of self-reliance taking a severe beating."

"In a bid to give boost research and development, transfer of technology (ToT) will soon be a part of the offset component of defence contracts," he said.