A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on Capital Acquisitions in Indian Air Force, which includes the details of the Rafale deal, was tabled in the Rajya Sabha Wednesday, the last day of the Budget session. The report disclosed that the NDA’s deal for 36 Rafale aircraft is 2.86 per cent cheaper than the deal which was negotiated by the UPA government, reported news agency PTI.
Wednesday, which also marks the conclusion of the 16th Lok Sabha ahead of the General Elections, is jampacked with several contentious Bills such as the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, and the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, listed for business. The Bills, already passed by the Lower House, will lapse if not ratified by Rajya Sabha members. The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, is also likely to be tabled today.
In the Lok Sabha, some of the Bills listed include The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019, The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2018, and the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018.
Parliament live updates: On the last day of the Budget session today, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, triple talaq bill and CAG report on Rafale will be tabled. Follow latest news below.
Arun Jaitley responds to CAG report on Rafale in Rajya Sabha
Union minister Arun Jaitley, taking to Twitter, says “the lies of the ‘Mahajhootbandhan’ stand exposed” by the CAG report on Rafale. “‘Satyameva Jayate’ – the truth shall prevail. The CAG Report on Rafale reaffirms the dictum.
How does democracy punish those who consistently lied to the nation?” he tweets. “2016 vs. 2007 terms – Lower price, faster delivery, better maintenance, lower escalation. It cannot be that the Supreme Court is wrong, the CAG is wrong and only the dynast is right,” Jaitley adds.
2016 vs. 2007 terms – Lower price, faster delivery, better maintenance, lower escalation.
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) February 13, 2019
CAG report on Rafale in Parliament: What does the report disclose?
The CAG report on the Rafale deal, which was tabled in the Rajya Sabha a while ago, says India saved 17.08 per cent money for the India Specific Enhancements while purchasing 36 Rafale aircraft from France, as compared to the 126 aircraft deal negotiated by the UPA government. It adds that the delivery schedule of the first 18 Rafale aircraft is better than the one which was proposed in the 126 aircraft deal, reports news agency ANI. The Rajya Sabha will resume in a few minutes.
Budget session of Parliament: TDP, TMC MPs stage protests
Not just the Congress, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) staged protests outside Parliament this morning. The TDP has been urging the Centre to grant Andhra Pradesh special status. In fact, The Indian Express reports that a draft report prepared by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs is learnt to have recommended special status to the state. (Express Photos: Anil Sharma)
TDP MPs outside Parliament; TMC MPs with a ‘Modi Govt Expiry Date is Over’ banner this morning. (Express Photo: Anil Sharma)
Parliament: CAG report on Rafale tabled in Rajya Sabha
A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report with findings on the Rafale deal has been tabled in the Rajya Sabha. The Performance Audit on “Capital Acquisition in Indian Air Force” details its findings in the deal between India and France over the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft at a cost of Rs 58,000 crore in April 2015. The Upper House was adjourned minutes after the report was tabled.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh lead protests against the Rafale deal outside Parliament on Wednesday. (Express Photo: Anil Sharma)
Parliament watch: Rafale, Citizenship bill, triple talaq, Aadhaar — tons of business listed today
Welcome to our live blog on Parliament. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have been adjourned within minutes due to disruptions by members. The CAG report on the Rafale deal was tabled in the Rajya Sabha amid ruckus. Today marks the last day of the Budget session, and also signals the the conclusion of the 16th Lok Sabha ahead of the General Elections. Follow our blog through the day for the latest news and updates.
Parliament Live Updates: CAG report says NDA’s Rafale deal was 2.86% cheaper for India – The Indian Express