Pakistan government decides to declare 5 top defence entities of the country as Autonomous Bodies

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Pakistan government decides to declare 5 top defence entities of the country as Autonomous Bodies

ISLAMABAD - The government has decided to declare five entities of the Ministry of Defense Production as autonomous bodies including:

1. Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POFs) Board, Wah Cantt, 2. Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) Board, Taxila, 3. Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Board, Kamra, 4. Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KS&EW), Karachi, 5. National Radio Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC)

The decision has been taken in the last meeting (13th) of the implementation committee, which was held in Institutional Reforms Cell (IRC) at the Prime Minister’s Office.

The meeting was chaired by Dr. Ishrat Husain, an adviser to the PM on institutional reforms and austerity.

The implementation committee agreed on the categorization of these five entities as proposed autonomous bodies except the Defense Export Promotion Organization (DEPO), which may be re-designed as an executive department instead of an autonomous body.

The committee has agreed to the categorization of Director General Munitions Production (DGMP) excluding [military vehicles research and development establishment (MVRDE), Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) and Institute of Optronics (IOP)] and Director-General Defense Purchase (DGDP) as executive departments.

They proposed that the MVRDE, ARDE, and IOP will be merged together under one department with the name of “Research and Development Establishment” under the Ministry of Defense Production (MoDP) (which will be an Executive department under Director-General i.e. DGRDE). The reorganization of the MoDP and DGRDE will be done from within available resources.

It also seconded the proposal of forming a policy and desired that the secretary should take initiative. It has agreed in principle with the proposals of restructuring of the MoDP, however, it advised the ministry to move summary for its formal approval.

The cases of internal transfer/deputation will be dealt with by the secretary MoDP as per policy. The MoDP will ensure zero financial impact for instant restructuring.

The meeting was started with a presentation by MoDP regarding its proposed restructuring where secretary MoDP proposed restructuring of the ministry.

Major General Khurram Anwar Qadri, DG MVRDE started with a background of the restructuring plan and also refreshed the mandate of defense production as given in the Rules of Business, 1973.

He specifically highlighted the mandate of defining defence production policy, carrying out the research and development regarding the defence equipment/stores and coordinating the production activities of all the DP organizations.

While explaining the existing organizational structure, Major General Qadri stated that the ministry had two attached departments, namely, Director General Defence Purchases (DGDP) and Director General Munitions Production (DGMP).

The latter has further three subordinate offices, namely, Director General Military Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (MVRDE), Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) and Institute of Optronics (IOP).

Besides this, other defense production entities such as Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POFs) Board, Wah Cantt, Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) Board, Taxila, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Board, Kamra, and two corporations, Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KS&EW), Karachi, and National Radio Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) are also working under the MoDP. The representative also explained the existing ministerial setup.

Absence of DP policy formulation and strategic decision making, lack of legal and financial experts, and limited private sector interface were noted down as rationale for restructuring/existing structural weakness.