New Delhi: Defence minister Monohar parrikar on Wednesday said that he had recommended the removal of Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) Chief Avinash Chander 16 months before the end of his tenure. Chander had retired on November 30 2014, but was asked to continue as the Chief until the expiry of his contract on May 31 2016.
On 27 November last year, the government had even issued an order in which it had said that Chander would continue operation for the next 18 months.
Sources at the Prime Minister’s office at New Delhi said that there was nothing pre-planned in the removal of the top missile scientist as the DRDO chief. According to PMO, they only processed the recommendations of the Defence Ministry.
Avinash Chander, often termed as the Agni Man for his immense contribution in making India a missile power with his leadership in the long-range Agni Series missile programme. He is also serving as the scientific advisor to the Defence Minister.
An official notification of The Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘approved the termination’ of the contract of Avinash Chander with effect from 31 January.