Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has constituted a 13 member Advisory Committee on Ministry of Defence (MoD) Capital Projects (RMCOMP) to expedite capital acquisitions to bolster armed forces preparedness.

The Committee will consist of the following members: Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Former Secretary, Government of India – Chairman. R. K. Tyagi, Former Chairman, HAL, SanhitaKar, IDAS (Retd), Former PCDA, Factories Accounts, R. K. Jain, Former Member, OFB, R. Anand, Special Advisor E&Y LLP, Amber Dubey, Partner Head, Aerospace & Defence, KPMG, M. H. Rehman, Former DG (TM & HR)/DRDO, Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai (Retd), Former FONA, Maj Gen RKSaiwal (Retd), Former ADG (C&A)/MGO branch, AVM G Raveendranath (Retd), Former TM (Air), ACIDS (PP&FS), HQ IDS, Rep of DDP (JS Rank or Above) and Brig/Col Equivalent from HQ IDS – Member Secy.

The terms of reference for the committee are; Undertake independent review and status check of identified ongoing critical capital projects above Rs. 500 crore including ‘Mission Mode’ projects, ‘Make’ projects, ‘Buy (Indian), ‘Buy (Indian – IDDM), ‘Buy and Make’ and ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ projects as well as ‘Design and Development’ projects under the Ministry.

Assess the physical and financial progress of these schemes/projects. Identify specific bottlenecks and concerns that are responsible for delays, wherever applicable and suggest the way forward. Any other issues related to project monitoring and appraisal that may be referred by MoD.

The committee will have a tenure until the end of August 2018 (unless otherwise ordered).