Nirmala Sitharaman delegates greater financial powers to DRDO units

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has decided to delegate greater financial powers to various authorities to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of Defence Research establishments.

An official release said, the move is intended to neutralise the ill-effects of over-centralisation and facilitate quicker decision making. This is in line with similar financial delegations made to Armed Forces in the last one year.

The powers of the secretary, Defence Research and Development to sanction projects and procure equipment have been enhanced from 75 crore rupees to 150 crores and for the Directors General of the establishments from 50 crores to 75 crores.

The powers of the DG to sanction research projects to Universities, technological institutions and the indigenous defence industry under the Technology Development Fund Scheme of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have also been increased from 3 crores to 5 crores.

Delegation of powers for Hygiene and Maintenance Contracts, training expenses, miscellaneous and contingent activities have been rationalized and enhanced to ensure that sanctions are given at the Director and DG levels with minimal flow of files to DRDO Headquarters.

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