A total of 50 scientists resigned from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) up to October 2012. In the last five years (2007-11), a total of 637 scientists quit the research body, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The Minister said increased opportunities/incentives in other organisations/industries was assumed to be the key reason for the resignations.

To stem the exodus, the DRDO was taking ‘corrective’ measures and had various incentives in place.

For instance, DRDO had decided to give two additional increments on promotion to each grade and up to six variable increments on promotion granted on fast track.

Antony said professional update allowance would also be given to all scientists and promotions will be fast-tracked through assessments, apart from sponsorships to upgrade themselves at reputed institutes such as IITs, IISc, etc.

The Defence Minister said the Government was making every effort to grant performance-related incentives to DRDO scientists at par with scientists of Department of Atomic Energy and Indian Space Research Organisation.

aditi.n@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on December 5, 2012)
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