Modi Govt is unforgivably guilty of compromising ‘National interest’ & ‘National Security’. Shoddy ‘cover-up’, ‘self-defeating assertions’ & ‘deliberate lies’ are being dished out to ‘divert’, ‘dupe’ & ‘deceive’. Grave apprehensions and claims of insurmountable loss being caused to public exchequer stand exposed as Government refuses to ‘state the truth’. A ‘huge scam’ is brewing in procurement of fighter aircrafts for Indian Air Force, yet Modi Government remains ‘opaque’, ‘intransient’, ‘obscure’ & ‘obstinate’.
The Mystery of the Rafale Deal’
Unilateral purchase of 36 Rafale Aircrafts by PM, Shri Narendra Modi suffers from:-
- Complete non-transparency in disclosure of ‘purchase price’ of aircrafts,
- Violation of the mandatory provisions of the ‘Defence Procurement Procedure’; • Absence of prior clearance from Cabinet Committee on Security;
- Sacrificing the National interest on ‘Transfer of Technology’;
- By-passing the PSU, HAL on the Rs.36,000 crore ‘offset contract’ in favour of a corn pa ny with zero experience of manufacturing fighter aircrafts;
- Non-delivery of the 36 Rafale aircrafts purchased (as per Defence Minister) on ’emergency basis’ despite the lapse of 35 months.
‘Rafale’ Pricing – Out in the Open
Defence Minister, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a press conference at Raksha Bhawan on 17th November, 2017 publicly directed the Defence Secretary to share the purchase price of 36 Rafale aircrafts. Defence Minister has finally refused to disclose the same in Parliament on 5th February, 2018. This itself raises serious questions on the intent and motive of Modi Government.
i.e. manufacturer of Rafale aircrafts has placed ‘Annual Report 2016’ in public domain. In the year 2015, Rafale sold 24 aircrafts each to two countries – Egypt and Qatar. Indian purchase of Rafale aircrafts was signed on 23rd September, 2016. It discloses the price of the Rafale aircrafts sold to Egypt, Qatar and India. Price of 48 aircrafts (24 to Egypt & 24 to Qatar) is shown as Euro 7.9 billion. Price of 36 aircrafts sold to India is shown as Euro 7.5 billion. Price per aircraft sold to Egypt/Qatar comes to Rs:1,319.80 crore as compared to Rs.1,670.70 crore per aircraft for India. We are clearly paying an extra price of Rs.350.90 crore per aircraft or Rs.12,632 crore for 36 aircrafts.
On the contrary, Congress- led UPA Govt opened International bids for buying 126 Rafale aircrafts on 12.12.2012. Information in public domain reflects that per Rafale price came to Rs 526 Cr with ‘Transfer of Technology’ to PSU, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Surprisingly, PM Modi unilaterally cancelled this bid on 30.7.2015.
Time for PM Modi to answer questions to people of India:-
- Why are Prime Minister and Defence Minister hiding the ‘purchase price’? Is it correct that per aircraft pricing of Rafale as per bid dated 12.12.2012 during UPA-Congress government comes to Rs.526.1 crore as against Modi government’s per aircraft purchase price of Rs.1,670.70 crore?
- Dassault Aviation’s Annual Report discloses the price of 48 aircrafts (24 each) sold to Egypt and Qatar in the year 2015 as Euro 7.9 billion i.e. Rs.1,319.80 crore per aircraft and of 36 Rafale aircrafts sold to India in the year 2016 as Euro 7.5 billion i.e. 1,670.70 crore per aircraft? Why did India pay Rs.350.90 crore per aircraft more i.e. a total of Rs.12,632 crore for 36 aircrafts?
- What is the purpose, object and sanctity of IGA with France, once the assurance of India getting the lowest price of Rafale aircrafts in comparison to every other buyer is violated?
- Why did the PM violate the Mandatory ‘Defence Procurement Procedure’ (DPP) on 10th April, 2015 while announcing off the shelf purchase of 36 Rafale aircrafts? Why were the requirements of DPP i.e. Price Discovery through ‘Contract Negotiation Committee’ (CNC) and ‘Price Negotiation Committeer(PNC) not followed?
- Why did the PM not take the mandatory prior approval of ‘Cabinet Committee on Security’ before announcing purchase of 36 Rafale aircrafts on 10th April, 2015?
- On 8th April, 2015; Foreign Secretary denied any proposal regarding purchase of Rafale aircrafts during PM Modi’s visit to France two days later. What transpired in 48 hours between 8th April to 10th April, 2015 whereby Prime Minister decided to announce purchase of 36 Rafale aircrafts?
- Why was the PSU, HAL by-passed for getting Rs.30,000 crore worth ‘offset contract’ despite the work share agreement with Dassault Aviation dated 13.03.2014? Why was HAL superseded in favour of a private company who had zero experience of manufacturing fighter aircrafts? Why did PM promote the interests of a private company over a PSU?
- Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon were both found equals on all technical requirements by Indian Air Force. Is it not correct that on 4th July, 2014; Eurofighter Typhoon wrote to the then Defence Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley offering to reduce prices by 20%? Once PM Modi had decided to purchase the aircrafts afresh, should both companies i.e. Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon not have been asked to bid afresh through IGA route so as to arrive at the lowest price in favour of public exchequer? Why did the PM violate this?
- On 17th November, 2017; Defence Minister stated that 36 Rafale aircrafts were purchased on ’emergency basis’. Why is it that despite the ’emergency purchase’ and lapse of 35 months, not a single aircraft has been delivered?