Rakesh wrote:Sumeet, please do not call me Sir
Oh yes you are Admiral not Sir
Rakesh wrote:Sumeet, please do not call me Sir
Suresh S wrote:This tamasha and constant lying by raul about rafale is a case of desperation. if Modiji comes back to power this year again some of their family members are going to jail, priyanka,s hubby is first in line.
Sumeet wrote:Shiv Aroor makes a visit to DRAL in Nagpur. Enjoy the 7+ mins video.
By 2022 entire Falcon Jet will be made here. Great beginning and hope the merry continues. If more Rafale are ordered this plant would make natural sense for being center of production.
Just to note, total 22 people work here as of now.
G. Mohan Kumar says PMO wanted Rafale deal fast-tracked, and his own notings were ‘free and frank’, as encouraged by then-minister Manohar Parrikar.
Reacting to a news report about MoD officials raising objections to the Rafale deal, former IAF deputy chief S.B.P. Sinha says he’s heard about this only now.
Rahul Gandhi also continued with his lies while talking about the defence ministry note. Showing a printout of the cropped document, he said “it is written clearly here, that Prime Minister of India is a thief. He has stolen 30,000 crores from you, the defence ministry is objecting to his interference. Mr Anil Ambani is his man, and Mr Anil Ambani has been given 30,000 crore of your money. Now, my friends in the Air Force, pilots, remember one thing, this 30,000 crores could have been used for your safety, this 30,000 crores could have been given to your family, this 30,000 crore could have given to you, when you die in a plane crash. This is your money, this not the money of Anil Ambani”
Earlier today, a report in The Hindu, written by N Ram, Chairman of THG Publishing Private Limited, The Hindu Group's publishing company, claimed that the Defence Ministry had raised strong objections to “parallel negotiations” conducted by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for the Rafale deal.
The report, which has reignited the debate on the Rafale Deal, is based on a Defence Ministry note dated 24 November 2015 and signed by the then Deputy Defence Secretary (Air) in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), S K Sharma. A version of the note put out by The Hindu in its report says that the “parallel discussions” by the PMO have “weakened the negotiating position of MoD and Indian Negotiating Team”.
Exclusive: The Defence Ministry had protested against PMO undermining #Rafale negotiations, reports @nramind #RafaleDeal https://t.co/xtLyJejr6p pic.twitter.com/aMpzMbICLs
— The Hindu (@the_hindu) February 7, 2019
“We may advise PMO that any Officers who are not part of Indian Negotiating Team may refrain from having parallel parlays with the officers of French Government,” the note reads, suggesting that “in case the PMO is not confident about the outcome of negotiations being carried out by the MoD, a revised modality of negotiations to be led by PMO at appropriate level may be adopted in the case.”
The note also mentions a letter from General Stephen Reb, the head of the French Negotiating Team, in which he stated that “taking into consideration the outcome of discussions between Diplomatic Adviser to the French Defence Minister and Joint Secretary to PM, no Bank Guarantee is provisioned in the supply protocol and the letter of comfort provides sufficient assurances of the proper implementation of the supply protocol by the industrial suppliers.”
This, the note points, was “contrary to the position taken by the MoD and conveyed by Indian Negotiating Team that the commercial offer should be preferably backed by Sovereign/Government Guarantee or otherwise by Bank Guarantee.”
The note also carries a remark by the then Defence Secretary, G Mohan Kumar, who writes, “RM may pl. see (sic). It is desirable that such discussions be avoided by the PMO as it undermines our negotiating position seriously.”
Viewed in this light, it appears that the office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi interefeared in the negotiations of the Rafale deal and undermined the position of the the team working on the deal on behalf of the MoD.
However, it now appears that the document put out by The Hindu in its report does not give the full picture of the discussion at the MoD. A version of the same document, assessed by ANI and posted on Twitter, shows that it also contains a handwritten note by the then Minister of Defence, now Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar.
Good crop, bad crop? The story isn’t over for sure, but important for @The_Hindu to clarify if it cropped the document itself or whether it was already cropped when accessed, to reveal only one part of the story — and not an important reply from the then Defence Minister. pic.twitter.com/WkssDlevCD
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) February 8, 2019
“It appears PMO and French President office are monitoring the progress of the issue which was an outcome of the summit meeting. Para 5 appears to be an over reaction,” Parrikar added at the end, alleviating fear of interference in the negotiations.
Although it is not known if The Hindu cropped the document to remove Parrikar’s comment or it accessed the document in that form, what is clear is that the efforts to make a scam out of the Rafale deal continue unabated.
KOCHI: Former Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar, who was in the thick of things when the Rafale deal was in the making, came out all guns blazing in support of the Narendra Modi Government and termed the recent reports on the files, some of them highlighting his negative comments regarding PMO and Defence Ministry working at cross purposes, concocted.
READ | Rafale deal: Air Marshal who led talks slams leak
Special Correspondent Ajay Kanth caught up with him in Kochi late on Friday evening. Excerpts of the interview.
Q: You've said your note/comments were taken out of context. Can you explain?
A: We had certain divergent points of view when the discussions were on. Even other members of the Cabinet Committee expressed dissenting voices. In fact, it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who brought the deal back to the table after it lay cold shouldered during the UPA Government. As the entire deal was between the two countries, parallel discussions were happening between France and the PMO. We raised our concern and insisted a final call on the deal should be made only after reaching a consensus among the members. Finally, we reached an agreement with all stakeholders to go ahead with the deal.
Q: On what grounds are you saying the Rafale deal was transparent?
A: The whole controversy related to the deal is unnecessary. The entire cost of the deal shot up due to valid reasons, mainly cost escalation and rupee depreciation. It was in 2007 that the Defence Acquisition Council headed by then Defence Minister A K Antony approved the Request for Proposal to buy 126 aircraft. But nothing concrete happened during the UPA regime.
It was the Modi Government which started renegotiating the deal. We decided to go for 148 aircrafts though the initial deal was for 36 aircraft in a fly-away status. The government will go for another deal for the remaining aircraft which will be built in India. The report that the decision to buy 36 aircrafts pushed the price of each fully fitted, combat-ready aircraft up by 41.42 per cent is completely baseless.
The Modi Government worked out the deal afresh and we've decided to buy 148 aircraft. The initial deal was for 36 for which the price has gone up due to additional design and development of 13 India Specific Enhancements (ISE).
Q: Are you categorically saying the positions taken by the PMO and Ministry of Defence did not contradict each other?
A: There were differences of opinion at every stage of discussion. It's natural for each member in the committee to come out with divergent views. In any defence deal of this magnitude, there will be contradictory views. The deal was finally struck after both the MoD and the PMO reached a consensus.
Q: The Defence Minister had noted you may resolve the issue in consultation with the Principal Secretary to PM. Was it resolved? How?
Everything is transparent in the entire deal. There were different levels of consultations. France was initiating direct discussion with the PMO. There is nothing wrong in that. The two countries can discuss many things at various levels. We had our reservations which we raised. The deal was struck after we all fully agreed to the terms and conditions. The differences were all resolved.
Q: Do you think the 2019 election outcome will be decided to some extent by the Rafale deal?
I have no comments on politics. But it's certain that Rahul Gandhi is coming out with false details on the deal. He is not supposed to make such rubbish statements and mislead the public. I believe he is making statements looking at the annual report of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (R-ADAG). A company's annual report is not a fact sheet to make statements on a government defence deal. The government has no agreement with R-ADAG on Rafale deal.
It was (French company) Dassault which directly entered into a deal with Ambani's company. As per defence offset policy, an arms supplier can directly select its partner.
Q. Are you feeling compelled to give a clean chit to the PMO? Why?
A: I am not with anyone. I did my job as defence secretary. As facts are being distorted, I have the right to say the truth.
Q: So, has the English daily, in its report on Friday, blown certain things out of proportion?
Yes, the reports on Rafale deal are being blown out of proportion for political gains. There is an agenda behind it.
Prasad wrote:Guys money for 148 rafales?
chetak wrote:Prasad wrote:Guys money for 148 rafales?
we can afford 148.
BUT MODI FIRST NEEDS TO GET BACK IN THE SADDLE.
If not Modi, any other will kill the rafale deal and get in another country, and many countries are pushing the congis to do just that, a la the artillery guns for the IA were sabotaged for decades because the greedy govt of the day just couldn't make out where it stood to pocket the most moolah