India’s creaky, leaky, public sector defence manufacturing has an old hand as the new boss


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Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta (1981- batch Tamilnadu Cadre) who was special secretary in the Department of Defence Production today took over as the new Secretary, (Defence Production), succeeding Shri G Mohan Kumar. Shri Gupta is a Post-Graduate in Public Administration from Syracuse University (USA)  and an M. Phill degree holder in Defence & Strategic studies from Madras University.

He has worked in various capacities in different Ministries and Departments including Health and Family Welfare, Defence, Industry and Commerce, Small Scale Industries, Urban Development, Personnel and Shipping.

(Text and photos by Ministry of Defence, New Delhi)

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One thought on “India’s creaky, leaky, public sector defence manufacturing has an old hand as the new boss”

  1. I am glad that Mr Gupta has taken over, I interacted with him during the discussions on the new “Make”procedure. He is very familiar with the whole business of def production as an Addl Secy and then Spl Secy. Further, with the Secy Def Prod becoming the new Def Sec continuity will be ensured, I am sure they are on the same grid with the RM if they are continuing in the Ministry.
    I hope they can spearhead a change in the MoD mindsets and ensure that the new DPP addresses the best interests of those it is meant for – the Armed Forces and not get sidetracked by other agendas – DPSUs, DRDO, obsession with indigenisation even where no capability exists in the country and other vested interests.

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