The Comptroller and Auditor General has submitted its report on the much discussed Rafale deal. The report says that the deal of 36 fighter jets by NDA government was 2.86% cheaper than the previous deal which was negotiated between UPA and Dassault Aviation company.
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. The CAG also noted that there was an improvement of only one month in the delivery schedule of the 2016 contract in comparison to the 2007 offer.
The CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) report was submitted to the Rajya Sabha today. It does not include the controversial and key point of pricing, as the Defence Ministry maintained that these details could not be revealed. The parts in the report referring to cost are redacted, which may provoke fresh opposition attacks.
“The lies of the Mahajhootbandhan stand exposed by the CAG report,” tweeted union minister Arun Jaitley. “It cannot be that the Supreme Court is wrong, the CAG is wrong and only the dynast is right,” he added, taking a swipe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who has been pummeling the government with allegations of corruption in the deal to benefit industrialist Anil Ambani.
According to the CAG report, a Defence Ministry team in March 2015 recommended the scrapping of the previous 126-jet Rafale deal saying that Dassault Aviation was not the lowest bidder and the other player, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, was not fully compliant with the tender requirements.