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NDA’s Rafale deal 2.86 percent cheaper than UPA’s: CAG report
jkupdate.com | 13-Feb-2019 03:11 PM
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  • The Rafale deal negotiated by the NDA government was 2.86 per cent lower than the previous one from UPA-era, according to a Comptroller Audit General report.




NEW DELHI: The Rafale deal negotiated by the NDA government was 2.86 per cent lower than the previous one from UPA-era, according to a Comptroller Audit General report.

The CAG report on Capital Acquisitions in Indian Air Force, which includes a price comparison of the Rafale deal, was tabled in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday morning. Compared to the earlier deal, according to the CAG report, in which 126 Rafale jets were to be purchased, the country has saved 17.08 per cent in costs towards the India Specific Enhancements to be fitted in the 36 Rafale jets under the new deal. It also added that the delivery schedule of the first 18 Rafale aircraft is better than the one proposed in the 126 aircraft deal by five months.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Arun Jaitley claimed the lies of the Congress and opposition parties stand exposed by the CAG report, which reaffirms the dictum that truth shall prevail.

“It cannot be that the Supreme Court is wrong, the CAG is wrong and only the dynast is right. Satyameva Jayate” – the truth shall prevail. The CAG Report on Rafale reaffirms the dictum,” Jaitley said in a series of tweets.

He said, the CAG report outlines that 2016 deal terms were lower in terms of price, faster in terms of delivery, while ensuring better maintenance and lower escalation.

“The lies of ‘Mahajhootbandhan’ stand exposed by the CAG Report. How does democracy punish those who consistently lied to the nation?” he questioned in the tweet.

The Congress has been repeatedly targeting the government over the deal, asking them to reveal the prices at which the jets were purchased from the French side. The party had earlier said asked the Comptroller and Auditor General of India Rajiv Mehrishi to “recuse” himself from auditing the deal, citing “conflict of interest” and “gross impropriety”. The Congress argued that since Mehrishi was a finance secretary between 2014-15 and a part of Rafale negotiation it will be improper of him to audit the Rafale deal.

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