Modi govt responds sharply to Rahul Gandhi on Rafale deal: Top 10 points

The Defence Ministry has actually launched a sharp reaction to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on the Rafale fighter jet offer with France. Rahul had previously in the day implicated the Modi federal government of protecting people presumably associated with graft in the deal for the French fighter jets.
Here are the leading 10 points from the Defence Ministry’s action:1. It ought to be kept in mind that it was under the ten-year period of the previous Federal government at the Centre that the earlier effort of 2002 to meet a requirement of the Indian Flying force for much-needed augmentation of its fighter strength ran aground.

2. In 2012, the then Defence Minister exercised an unprecedented individual veto on the laid down institutional procedure then underway for procurement of 126 Medium Multi-Role Battle Airplane. All this took place when there was a disconcerting decline in IAF’s fighter strength.3.

In another effort to twist facts, the Government is asked why it did not conduct settlements with a particular business representing a contending fighter airplane. It seems to have actually been easily forgotten that the then Government itself had declined that company’s unsolicited offer made days after closure of the bid process, declared Rafale (DA) as the L1 bidder and had begun negotiations with it in February 2012.4.

The demand that the Government reveal the details and worth of the contract for the Rafale airplane contracted in 2016 is unrealistic. [In keeping with privacy requirements, the UPA Federal government had actually likewise revealed its inability to divulge the price of numerous defence procurements, including in its actions to Parliament Questions].5.

The approximate acquisition expense of the Rafale aircraft has already been offered to the Parliament. Provision of precise item-wise expense and other information will expose, inter alia, details concerning the numerous customizations and weapons systems specially created to enhance the effectiveness and lethality of the properties, impact our military preparedness and jeopardize our nationwide security.

6. Such information would also come under the ambit of the security arrangement checked in 2008. Therefore, in not exposing the item-wise information of the contract, the Government is simply following in letter and spirit the privacy provisions of a bilateral India-France Contract of 2008 signed by the previous Federal government.7.

As doubts are looked for to be created about the 2016 agreement for 36 aircraft, it is once again strongly reiterated that the deal secured by the Government is better in regards to ability, cost, devices, delivery, maintenance, training, and so on, than that notionally worked out by the then Government in a process it could not conclude in 10 years. The present Federal government completed these negotiations in just about one year.8.

It is likewise stressed once again that the procurement of 36 Rafale airplane through an Inter-Governmental Agreement with France to satisfy the immediate need of the IAF is strictly in accordance with the Defence Procurement Procedure in all aspects including mandating, carrying out and keeping an eye on of negotiations and looking for all necessary approvals, including that of the Cabinet Committee on Security, prior to participating in the IGA. The aircraft had actually currently been evaluated successfully by IAF throughout 2009-10.9.

It might likewise be noted that contrary to the impression looked for, to be created by the Opposition, in the earlier proposition to acquire Rafale, which ended in a stalemate, there was no arrangement for transfer of innovation but only to manufacture under licence. The Government was unable to settle on the terms for even that in its settlements with the vendor, resulting in the long-drawn exercise under the earlier Government ultimately turning futile.10.

Further, no Indian Offset Partner for the 2016 deal for 36 Rafale Aircraft has actually been so far selected by the supplier (DA) due to the fact that based on the appropriate standards, DA is totally free to pick the Indian Offset Partners and supply their information at the time of seeking offset credits, or one year prior to release of offset responsibility.


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