Published On : Wed, Jan 14th, 2015

DRDO Chief Avinash Chander removed before 15 months of his contract term


Modi government on tuesday removed the chief of DRDO, Avinash Chander, 15 months before his contract was to end.

No official reason has been given for the sacking of one of the country’s finest missile scientists, often known as the “Agni man” for leading the long-range Agni series missile programme.

Mr Chander is likely to be replaced by Sekhar Basu, the Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.

Avinash Chander who was Secretary, Defence Research and Development cum Director General, DRDO and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, had retired on November 30 last on attaining 64 years of age and he was given a contract for 18 months till May 31 next year.

The removal of Chander after being given a contract raises questions over the Government action.
Analysts believe that the action could have been taken against the backdrop of Prime Minister NarendraModi’s comment that the ‘laid back’ attitude in the DRDO will not be tolerated during a visit last year.