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CAG Rafale report: Modi's deal cheaper by 2.86% than UPA's era

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New Delhi, Feb 13: The much-awaited CAG report on Capital Acquisitions in Indian Air Force has been tabled in Rajya Sabha, on Wednesday, it also includes the details of Rafale deal. The Rafale fighter jet deal signed in 2016 was 2.86 per cent cheaper than the UPA's deal in 2007, revealed Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its report, which is of 141 pages, has 32 pages dedicated to the Rafale deal. tabled in Rajya Sabha today.

[IAF did not define ASQRs properly, says CAG report on Rafale deal]

The report titled 'Capital Acquisition in Indian Air Force' was presented by Junior Finance Minister P Radhakrishnan.

The Rafale fighter jet deal for the procurement of 36 fighter jets from France's Dassault Rafale has generated a massive controversy, with the Congress-led Opposition gunning for the Narendra Modi government over charges of alleged corruption and impropriety.

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1:12 PM, 13 Feb
Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die. The Triple Talaq and Citizenship Bills have also lapsed with the end of the session. Both the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 were introduced in Lok Sabha, passed and sent to Rajya Sabha. With the general elections around the corner, the bills will have to clear Lok Sabha again once a new Lower House is elected.
12:49 PM, 13 Feb
Senior Congress leader Chidambaram slammed the CAG report Rafale deal by the Narendra Modi government is costlier saying that it will provide "no bank guarantee, no sovereign guarantee and no escrow account".
12:19 PM, 13 Feb
Hours ahead of the tabling of CAG report on Rafale fighter jets deal in Parliament, Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge took a jibe at Centre saying, “the Centre is prejudiced who have already made a decision, so this report holds no value,” reports news agency ANI. Speaking to ANI, Kharge on Wednesday said, “Today we will come to know what is in that report. But they have already told the Supreme Court what their intention is, in a sealed envelope. On its basis, they said in the Supreme Court that there is no scam in prices.” “You can see that they (Centre) are prejudiced who have already made a decision, so this report holds no value. Secondly, there is a conflict of interest. The man who was then a negotiator is now preparing the report,” he added according to ANI.
12:17 PM, 13 Feb
Finding issues in the UPA era 126 aircraft deal, CAG says Defence Ministry team had said in 2015 that the proposal of Dassault Aviation Rafale should have been rejected in technical evaluation stage itself as it was non-compliant with RFP requirements
12:17 PM, 13 Feb
A Defence Ministry team in March 2015 recommended the scrapping of the 126 Rafale deal saying that Dassault Aviation was not the lowest bidder and EADS (European Aeronautic Defence & Space Company) was not fully compliant with the tender requirements.
12:17 PM, 13 Feb
It created difficulties during technical&price evaluation&affected integrity of competitive tendering;one of the main reasons for delay in acquisition process. Objectivity, equity and consistency of technical evaluation process wasn't evident in Technical Evaluation Report.
12:16 PM, 13 Feb
CAG Report: Audit noted that the IAF did not define the ASQRs (Air Staff Qualitative Requirements) properly. As a result, none of the vendors could fully meet the ASQRs. ASQRs were changed repeatedly during the procurement process.
12:15 PM, 13 Feb
Proceedings of both Houses, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha resumed at 12 noon.
12:08 PM, 13 Feb
The CAG report, however, adds that the ministry had argued in 2016 that the contracted price was nine percent lower than the 2007 price. But, according to the audit, the basic flyaway aircraft was bought at the same price as that of 2007.
12:00 PM, 13 Feb
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has fired a fresh salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Rafale deal. Gandhi on Wednesday contended that PM Modi “defended his personal Rafale bypass deal” with arguments that the new price for the fighter jets is lower than the one proposed during the Congress-led UPA regime and that the delivery will be faster.
11:58 AM, 13 Feb
“Lies of ‘Mahajhootbandhan’ stand exposed by CAG report”, said Arun Jaitley in a series of tweets as the CAG report was tabled in the Upper House of the Parliament today. “Satyameva Jayate” – the truth shall prevail. The CAG Report on Rafale reaffirms the dictum, read his tweet.
11:44 AM, 13 Feb
The Upper House of the Parliament has been adjourned till 1 pm owing ruckus that followed after the CAG report on Capital Acquisitions in Indian Air Force, which includes details of the Rafale deal, was tabled in Rajya Sabha.
11:44 AM, 13 Feb
CAG report, tabled before Rajya Sabha today, says compared to the 126 aircraft deal, India managed to save 17.08% money for the India Specific Enhancements in the 36 Rafale contract.
11:42 AM, 13 Feb
CAG report on Capital Acquisitions in Indian Air Force has been tabled in Rajya Sabha, it also includes the details of Rafale deal.
11:41 AM, 13 Feb
Meanwhile, Congress national president Rahul Gandhi and UPA-chairperson Sonia Gandhi arrived in the Parliament premises Wednesday and joined protest against the Centre by raising slogans outside Parliament.
11:41 AM, 13 Feb
Congress national president Rahul Gandhi will address a press conference over Rafale row at around 3:30 pm, he tweeted this morning.
11:40 AM, 13 Feb
Trinamool Congress MPs are seen protesting wearing black clothes against the Central government in the Parliament premises.

However, it is unlikely that the CAG report will reveal the most contentious issue of pricing of the Rafale fight jets. The Congress-led opposition has time and again accused the government of buying the Rafale jets at double the prices negotiated during the previous UPA government, thus causing a loss to the exchequer.

The Congress party said Rajiv Mehrishi, the current CAG of India, was part of the decision making the process for the Rafale deal. Mehrishi was the finance secretary when the Rafale deal was signed.

The ruling BJP, in turn, accused the Congress of attacking the institution of the CAG. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has defended his party's stand.

"We are not questioning the institution. But the gentleman who is preparing CAG report was part of this decision-making process," Rahul Gandhi said in press conference.

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