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687 DRDO scientists resigned since 2007

Posted on Dec 05, 08:49PM | UNI

A total of 687 scientists of the Defence Research and Development Oganisation (DRDO) have resigned from their jobs during the past five years, presumably because of increased opportunities and incentives elsewhere, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

These include 50 scientists who have quit their jobs this year so far.

Defence Minister A K Antony told the House in a written reply that the scientists who had resigned, had indicated personal/domestic grounds as the reasons for leaving the DRDO.

However, it was assumed that increased opportunities and incentives available in other organisations or industries was the main reason for such resignations, he said.

The Minister said the government had given various incentives as corrective measures to restrict resignation of scientists.

These include two additional increments on promotion to each Grade, up to six variable increments on promotion granted on fast track, professional update allowance to all scientists, fast-track promotions through assessments, opportunity to acquire higher qualifications at reputed institutes like IITs/IISc as DRDO sponsored candidate.

Young Scientists, Scientist of the Year and other DRDO Awards in recognition to their contributions had been instituted and excellent infrastructure facilities had been created at work places and residential complexes.

The Minister said the Government was making all efforts to grant performance-related incentive scheme (PRIS) to DRDO scientists at par with scientists of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).