Congress approaches CAG alleging irregularities in Rafele Jet purchases

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on September 19, 2018

File Photo - French-made Rafale fighter jet   -  REUTERS

The Indian National Congress has submitted a memorandum to the Comptroller and Auditor General alleged a violation of the mandatory provisions of defence procurement procedure in the purchase of 36 Rafale Jets from Dassault Aviation.

In a representation to the CAG, the Congress said, “While announcing the ‘Rafale Deal’ on April 10, 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi violated the mandatory ‘Defence Procurement Procedure’.”

Highlighting the lapses, the Congress said, “No mandatory prior approval of ‘Cabinet Committee on Security’ was taken before announcing purchase of 36 Rafale aircrafts on 10th April, 2015. “

“Mandatory requirement of ‘Defense Procurement Procedure’ for ‘Price Discovery’ through the instrumentalities of ‘Contract Negotiation Committee’ (CNC) and ‘Price Negotiation Committee’ (PNC) were not followed by the PM,” Congress added.

Pointing out the discrepancies, the Congress representation states that, “the price of ‘off-the-shelf’ purchase of 36 Rafale aircrafts announced by PM, Shri Narendra Modi on 10th April, 2015 in Paris, France is Euro 7.5 Billion (Rs 1670.70 Cr per aircraft). This price has been disclosed by Dassault Aviation in its Annual Report, 2016 as also Press Release dated 16.02.2017 of Reliance Defence Limited.”

“That, as against the originally negotiated price of UPA deal, Modi Govt’s purchase price is over 300 per cent higher, involving an extra outflow of money from public exchequer of ₹ 41,000 Cr approximately,” the Congress alleged.

Published on September 19, 2018

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