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Former Union Minister Arun Shourie on Monday, in a sharp attack against the Narendra Modi government, accused it of “managing economy means, managing the headlines” and added that “people have started recalling the days of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.”

At the launch of ‘Turn of The Tortoise’, a book written by former Business Standard Editor-in-Chief T N Ninan, Shourie, as part of a panel discussion, expressed his views on the differences between the past and present governments. Shourie said, “there is a clearer belief (in the present dispensation) that managing economy means managing the headlines and this is not really going to work.”

The former minister in Vajpayee government said, “I feel there was never a weaker PMO as now. There has never been as great a centralisation of functions, not power, of functions in PMO as now. …If fellows don’t have the domain expertise that Brajesh Mishra had, L K Jha had, all these principal secretaries had, then things get stuck.”

Also, taking a shot at the banking sector, he added, “If you see impediments that were there in tax administration, there is virtually no change… Banking reform has been delayed by a year and a half for no reason. So, this tortoise is very generous metaphor. Ye to so hi jata hai (this tortoise goes to sleep).”

He claimed that industrialists are afraid of speaking against the government. “The industrialists who meet the Prime Minister don’t speak whole truth. After meeting the PM, they wonder what is happening and say ‘please do something’. And in front of media they give the government 9 out of 10,” Shourie claimed.

What Shourie does is make claims on behalf of industrialists and their perceived issues. But he fails to give any concrete argument or an example of failure of administration and instead, takes shots at the beef ban issue (“the Congress plus a cow” comment) as the NDA Government’s key trick to delusion people.

Speaking at the same event, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian said “India is a country which is not following the normal economic development model… India is growing by defying its comparative advantage,”

Shourie, on the government’s relationship with the states and the opposition, said, “One thing that has surprised me about the government is its timidity. Slight opposition comes and the reform is dropped… In my head I would say please befriend, please impress… You cannot get up every morning and get into a boxing match.”

Former Foreign Secretary Shyam Sharan, also a panelist in the event, criticized, “In terms of actual execution, we are slipping into an event mode rather than a process mode. There is a sense that we are moving from one big event to another big event; moving from one very successful visit to another successful visit and not paying enough attention on the process.”

Responding to these criticisms, Chief Economic Advisor Arving Subranamian, also a part of the discussion said, the tenor of Shourie’s criticism misrepresents economic stability that “we have achieved.”

 

(with inputs from NDTV)

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All You Need To Know About The Rafale Deal Controversy

The fiasco that Congress is creating on the Rafale Deal is certainly not fair

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Rafale Deal is very important for both the countries involved i.e. India and France.
Rafale Deal is very important for both the countries involved i.e. India and France.

By Ruchika Verma 

  • Rafale Deal happened between India and France
  • The Rafale Deal is about the Rafale fighter jets
  • The deal is getting into controversies because of the allegations de by the opposition, especially Congress

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2015 made the announcement that India will buy 36 French-manufactured Rafale fighter jets from Dassault, a French aircraft builder and integrator. This came to be known as Rafale Deal.

The Rafale deal of 36 Rafale aircrafts between India and France was called a “win-win partnership” for both the countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi finalised the Rafale Deal during his visit to France in 2015. (FILE PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi finalised the Rafale Deal during his visit to France in 2015. (FILE PHOTO)

But recently it has come under attack of the Opposition, mainly the Indian National Congress, which has alleged that there have been irregularities in this deal and its proceedings. However, the government has denied and rejected all the charges.

The Rafale Deal is nothing new and was also signed during the time of UPA government. The first time it came to light was during the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee where the original proposal was to buy 126 fighter jets.

After tests and negotiations in 2012, Rafale was considered L-1 bidder and negotiations started which only came to a conclusion as the Rafale Deal in 2015 under Prime Minister Modi’s government.

NDA government has got a better price on the Rafale Deal than the UPA governement.
NDA government has got a better price on the Rafale Deal than the UPA government.

Now the UPA alleging irregularities on NDA government doesn’t seem fair to many because no deal took place under their government. The transfer of technology was a primary issue of concern between the two sides. Dassault Aviation also tried to deny to take the responsibility of quality control of the production of 108 aircraft in India. The Dassault provided for 3 crore man-hours for production of the Rafale jets in India, HAL’s estimate was approximately 3 times higher which resulted in an escalation of costs in the manifold.

Also Read: Make in India: France to set up production centers for Rafale fighters

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to France in 2015 helped bring this deal to a final conclusion. The government-to-government deal of 36 jets was to completed as soon as possible.

On costs of the Rafale Deal, NDA government has said that it got better terms than those quoted in the original bid under the UPA government. The total savings are reported to be of more than 1600 million Euros. However, the cost breakdown of Rafale Deal in the original bid under UPA government and in the 36 aircraft in the NDA’s government-to-government deal is not available for the public domain.

The Rafale Deal involves no private party from the side of India. www.worldwide-military.com
The Rafale Deal involves no private party from the side of India. www.worldwide-military.com

Under the current agreement, the  Rafale Deals support the ‘Make In India’ initiative of the Indian Government through the IGA’s Article 12. It states that France will facilitate the implementation of ‘Make In India’. These critical design technologies were already discussed between the two governments in previous meetings. The present Rafale Deal is signed between two sovereign governments and there is no private individual, firm or entity involved in the process from the side of India. The procurement process also does not include any private company or firm from India.

Also Read: IAF’s Rafale Deal with France: India confirms order

The fiasco that Congress is creating on the Rafale Deal is certainly not fair as the NDA government has proved that their deal is better than the one which was undertaken during the UPA government.