Topic– Challenges to internal security
5) India’s defence production is closely linked to DRDO’s fate. Discuss and critically examine the recent steps taken by government to bolster DRDO’s performance?(250 words)
Why this question
The article talks about the challenges being faced by DRDO, summarising the report of Parliamentary Committee regarding the functioning of DRDO. One of the focus areas of the current government is the emphasis on enhancing defence production and hence this article is important.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to assess the status of defence production in India and the performance of DRDO in this regard. We need to point out the achievements of DRDO on how it has helped India develop defence equipments and also evaluate its weaknesses. It asks us to critically examine whether giving financial autonomy to DRDO would address the lacuna in its functioning.
Discuss – Highlight the debate with respect to the performance of DRDO
Critically examine – Highlight the pros and cons of granting greater financial autonomy to DRDO.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Bring out the focus of government on enhancing defence production and the role of DRDO in the same.
- Bring out the achievement and weaknesses of DRDO which have an impact on the defence production of India.
- To bolster your arguments, take help of reports like the recent parliamentary committee findings, Rama Rao committee etc
- Thereafter examine whether financial autonomy would address the weaknesses highlighted above. Highlight both pros and cons
Conclusion – Discuss the importance of being holistic reforms in functioning of DRDO and the way forward.