CAG’s Rafale audit report may not be worth the paper it was printed on: Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram said the CAG audit report on Rafale deal contains “no useful information or analysis or conclusions”.

Senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram said the CAG audit report on Rafale deal contains “no useful information or analysis or conclusions”.

Source: INDIA TODAY

“CAG has meekly submitted to the unprecedented demand of the government and presented a report that contains no useful information or analysis or conclusions. The report may not be worth the paper on which it is printed,” Chidambaram said.

The CAG report on Rafale that was tabled in Rajya Sabha on February 13, said the NDA government’s deal to buy 36 Rafale jets is 2.86 per cent cheaper than the UPA’s proposal to buy 126 jets. After the details of the CAG report was made public, Congress alleged again irregularities in the Rafale deal.

While addressing a presser at All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in Delhi on Thursday, the senior Congress leader said, “CAG report is significant not for what it has said (actually it has said little) but for what it has not said.”

The Congress Rajya Sabha MP added that the report doesn’t throw light on the six questions which are relevant in the controversial deal and went on to list the questions.

Congress asked following six questions on the Rafale deal:

1. What was the justification to reduce the number of aircraft from 126 to 36?

2. What is the monetary gain Dassault had due to amortization of the India Specific Enhancement costs over 36 aircraft rather than 126 aircraft?

3. What is the monetary gain Dassault had and monetary risk India faces because of the waiver of sovereign guarantee, bank guarantee and escrow account?

4. What is the hidden purpose of waiving the mandatory anti-corruption clauses: no undue influence, no agency, access to books of account and integrity pact?

5. When will the first and the last of the 36 aircraft be delivered and what is the probability of Dassault adhering to the delivery schedule? When will the delivered aircraft become a fighter aircraft and when will the process be started on the first aircraft and completed on the last aircraft?

6. Above all, what is the impact of fewer aircraft (36 against 126, and no orders placed yet for the remaining 90) on the capability and operational preparedness of the Air Force?



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