New Delhi, June 6: The Comptroller and Auditor General has almost finalised its audit on the big-ticket Rafale inter-governmental deal with France and is likely to be tabled in Parliament as early as the forthcoming monsoon session.
The Congress has accused the Modi government of “compromising” national security and causing a loss of over Rs. 12,000 crore to the taxpayer with its deal to buy 36 French Rafale fighter jets for the Indian Air Force .
While Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has claimed that the deal for the purchase of the French fighter was changed and UPA negotiated a cheaper rate, the government said the costs have been substantially improved. Congress has demanded disclosure of item-wise details of the Rs 59,000 crore contract.
“A top source in CAG said the audit of the Rafale fighter aircraft deal is in final stages and can soon be tabled in Parliament as early as the forthcoming monsoon session.” the source said.
Defence deals usually involve high-value transactions, therefore, it becomes a priority for the CAG to audit the deals on a ‘routine basis’.
A squadron comprises about 16-18 fighters. Sitharaman, dispelled all allegations of wrongdoing in the deal called them “politically motivated”.
While addressing a press conference along with top officials of the defence ministry on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the NDA government,Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has reiterated the government’s stand that the deal to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from France is “scam free”.
Without naming the Congress, Sitharaman said, “false comparisons” were made between the price at which India was procuring the jets and the price being negotiated by some other countries.
“I am assuring you in the company of all the senior officials that yes there is no scandal in Rafale. We are very clear about that,” she said replying to a question on allegations of a scam in the Rafale deal.
The Comptroller and Auditor General has slammed the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for critical deficiency in availability of ammunition to the Army.
In a scathing report in 2017, which was tabled in the Parliament today, the CAG also criticised the OFB for inadequate quality of ammunition supplied to the Army since March 2013.