As we all have read and believed about the rafale deal, that the congress finished the deal but there is more information that has been come into limelight.
The original deal was to procure 126 fighter jets which could not go through during the UPA rule. It went to the final stage and the then Defence Minister A K Antony felt there was something wrong in the process and asked for a review, defence ministry sources claimed.
The congress has been attacking the running government since long and they are claiming that the deal which is done under the NDA rule is very costly than the previous deal made by UPA. The government has decided to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets from France at a cost of Rs 58,000 crore.
The sources said and as quoted by Money control that Antony’s apprehensions may have been genuine and he may have had bonafide reasons for such an intervention. The price negotiating committee was at that time examining the deal after initially getting approval for it from the then defence minister.
“Such a proposal after declaring the winning bidder was not at all acceptable as per laid down procedure. You cannot do that,” said a source.
Congress have been alleging a scam as the price has increased from 526.1 crore to 1570 crores. Congress even claimed that Qatar has bought Rafale at a much cheaper price.
However, the rates cannot be compared as India is getting rafale with weapons package and it will be fully functional.
The defence ministry said that that all allegations are “unfounded” which are made by the Congress about the Rs 58,000-crore deal, asserting that the demand to disclose details such as its value was “unrealistic” as doing so might compromise India’s national security.
It had said giving an item-wise cost and other information would reveal details about weapons systems and customisation of the jet.
The ministry had said that in 2012, the then defence minister exercised an unprecedented personal veto on the laid down institutional process then underway for the procurement of 126 jets.