Rafale deal: Row over ‘dropping’ of anti-corruption clause – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: A accrued controversy broke out on Monday over the anti-corruption clause within the Rafale fighter deal after a newspaper file instructed that the Modi government had dropped the mandatory provision before finalising the handle France. However, news company ANI quoting government paperwork claimed that the changes within the inter-governmental settlement were made by the Congress-led UPA government in 2013.

Consistent with the newspaper file, the Indian government made “predominant and out of the ordinary concessions” within the €7.87-billion Rafale deal. It acknowledged that important provisions for anti-corruption penalties and making payments by an escrow story were dropped days before the signing of the IGA.

It claimed that the official paperwork revealed that the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by the then defence minister Manohar Parrikar met in September 2016 and “ratified and accredited” eight changes within the IGA, provide protocols, offset contracts and offset schedules.

However, ANI reported that the policy for signing inter-governmental agreements without classically following the conventional operating blueprint (SOP) or same earlier contract file (SCD) became once laid down by the earlier UPA government.

Quoting sources, ANI acknowledged the Indian negotiating group which firmed up the deal for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft from French firm Dassault by an inter-governmental settlement became once easiest following the policy which became once laid down by the erstwhile UPA government.

Consistent with the paperwork shared by ANI, Clause seventy view to be one of the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) accredited in 2013 acknowledged, “There might presumably well well be times when procurements would must be accomplished from obliging international countries which might presumably well well be necessitated attributable to geo-strategic advantages that tend to accrue to our nation. Such procurements would no longer classically observe the conventional procurement blueprint (SPP) and the conventional contract file but might presumably well well be per mutually agreed provisions by the governments of both the countries. Such procurements will most doubtless be accomplished per an Inter-Governmental Agreement after clearance from CFA.”

The Clause seventy two acknowledged, “In conditions of suited cost acquisition, notably that requiring product enhance over a protracted time frame, it’ll be truly helpful to enter into a separate Inter Governmental Agreement (if no longer already covered below an umbrella settlement keeping all conditions) with the federal government of the nation from which the instruments is proposed to be procured after the requisite inter-ministerial consultation. Such an Inter-Governmental Agreement is anticipated to safeguard the interests of the federal government of India and might presumably well well additionally provide for assist of the international government in case the contract(s) runs into an unforeseen verbalize.”

Reacting to the file, Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of facilitating “loot”.

In a tweet, Rahul attacked the Modi government over the reported elimination of anti-corruption clause and acknowledged, “NoMo anti-corruption clause. The Chowkidar himself opened the door to allow Anil Ambani to clutch 30,000 crore from the IAF (Indian Air Drive).”

Former Union finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram alsoA aired equal sentiments expressed and lashed out at the Modi government over the anti-corruption clause and linked provisions.

He acknowledged the Rafale deal became once unravelling sooner than the federal government view. First, it became once the loading of the India Enlighten Enhancement prices on 36 aircraft as a replace of 126 aircraft giving a bonanza to Dassault. Then it became once the revelation that ‘parallel negotiations’ were being carried on by the Prime Minister’s Place of work (PMO) undermining the efforts of the Indian Negotiating Team, he alleged.

The government and the BJP are yet to react to the prices made by the Congress leaders over the newspaper file.

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