DRDO chief Avinash Chander sacked, Govt wants Young Face


New Delhi, Jan 14: In a big development, the central government sacked the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief Avinash Chander to bring younger generation for the responsible post.

Defending the government's decision, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the government did not want anyone to work on contract basis in the post and there was a need for younger people to take the charge.

He said that he recommended the termination of Chander to appoint a new person as the head of DRDO. The senior official in the organisation would head it for now till the new appointment takes place. 

According to an official notification, the termination of Chander was approved with effect from January 31 by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Chander was serving on a contract basis as the DRDO head. Prior to his appointment, he was the Secretary of Defence Research and Development cum Director General, DRDO and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister. He had retired on November 30 last year at the age of 64. His contract would have expired on May 31, 2016.

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