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With the statement of former French President Francois Hollende, the truth has come to the fore again that in the Rafale Aircraft deal, the Indian government has played a direct role in favoring industrialist Anil Ambani’s company Reliance Defense Ltd. an offshoot partner of Dassault Aviation of France. It is a bitter fact even for the BJP as a political party that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become the synonym of the Government of India. He negotiated directly with the then President of France in the Rafale Aircraft deal. That the Prime Minister Narendra Modi thinks first for the Ambanis and then for the country is again a well-known fact even for the BJP. This is evident from PM Narendra Modi’s name along with his photo used for the promotion of Reliance Jio Sim, down to the tag of ’eminent’ granted to Reliance Jio Institute even as it existed only on papers.

The Socialist Party demands that the government should accept and own the truth about the Rafale Aircraft deal instead of white-washing the matter. The government should tell the people of the country that it has more trust in the Reliance Defense Limited, formed with the intention of grabbing the Rafale deal, instead of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), a public sector undertaking that has the experience of 70 years of making more than 4000 aircrafts. That position would mean that the present government relies on private companies instead of public sector enterprises for the security of the country. Or the government should constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee to investigate the whole matter. The testimonies of all the relevant parties including the former President of France should be undertaken in the process of the investigation. A fair and neutral scrutiny would require that the Prime Minister, the Defence Minister and the Finance Minister resign from their posts until the investigation is completed.

The Socialist Party registers its objection to the kind of language that is being used in the accusations/counter-accusations between the Congress and the BJP, particularly after the statement of the former President of France. It is true that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has compromised the dignity of the office. But desperate leaders who aspire to take his place do not have the liberty to down grade the level of political exchanges.

Socialist Party would like to ask the RSS chief, who is voicing his opinion a lot these days, about  the Rafale Aircraft deal. Does he support the policy of giving the entire defense system to the private companies after this government’s decision of hundred percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the defense sector? The Socialist Party also urges all the parties/leaders of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to come forth with their versions on this contentious issue so that the public do not get mislead. Misleading the public, either by the ruling  alliance or by the opposition parties, amounts to the betrayal of the public in democracy.

Dr. Prem Singh

President


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2 Comments

  1. “Make in India” has become a joke. Modi promotes ‘make’ in France, China, US ,and anywhere else except India.

  2. samir sardana says:

    Yes just like the Russians chose Pipapav for the Indian Navy frigates

    The Russian State has chosen the ADAG company Pipapav to make frigates for the Indian Navy – inspite of PSU Shipyards having won tenders at much lower cost and that the PROVEN FACT that the few private sector Yards who bid and won at rates lower than that of PSU Shipyuards – had made the bids as Strategic Bids to jump start capacities

    o It is a upgradation project of 4 Talwar class frigates worth USD 3 billion
    o The moot point is that having the largest shipyard in India cannot be the sole or primary or main driver for award of such a contract
    o RELIANCE NAVAL HAS A ANNUAL LOSS OF RS 1500 CRORES WHICH IS MORE THAN 2.5 TIMES THE TURNOVER OF GOA SHIPYARD
    o RELIANCE NAVAL HAS DONE A ASSET WRITE OF RS 10000 CRORES IN FY 2019
    o IF GSL IS WINNING CONTRACTS ,BY BIDDING AGAINST KOREAN AND CHINESE SHIPYARDS,THEN WHY DID IT NOT DO COMPETITIVE BIDDIG FOR THE RUSSIAN CONTRACTS WITH DSIL ?

    THE DIRE STRAITS OF INDIAN SHIPYARDS IS CAPTURED BY GOA SHIPYARD LIMITED (GSL)

    At the outset it might be stated that more than 50% of the profit earned by GSL in FY 202O was earned from Interest Income (Rs 124 crores) and Grants ( Rs 26 crores) and the aggregate provisions for credit losses to GSL as at FY 2020 was Rs 119 crores.Besides the massive expense on the Indian Navy and Coast Guard is requiring GSL to expend large sums on capital acquisitions (Rs 170 crores in FY 2020)

    There is an exponential increase in the managerial and technical excellence demanded of GSL by the GOI to comply with the needs of a Blue water Navy and the needs of Naval Project 75 and the Project 1135.6 of the Indian Navy – REQUIRES AN EXCEPTIONAL MANAGEMENT ,ORGANISATION STRUCTURE AND SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES.

    The IEM by Vice Adm Ashok Vishanath Subedare for IP is NOT A SUBSTITURE FOR THE PRECEDING INFORMATION.HE IS A RETIRED NAVAL OFFICER.

    It is also important to assess the technical competency of AN AUDITOR (WHO IS A CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT) to do the audit of a defense contractor,whose contracts and terms are couched by security,secrecy ,NDA and a non-compete situation with monopoly suppliers.dindooohindoo

    It is also in public interest to review the operations of GSL considering the conflict of interest which is inevitable when retired Naval officers are running GSL and the contracting agency and the agency making the specifications and the RFQ/RFI/RFQ are serving Indian Naval officers.

    In essence,the Indian Navy is heading into the South China Sea,with a poor back end,which is in the hands of bankrupt private sector players and inefficient PSUs.