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Ranchi: Jharkhand’s opposition parties on Saturday mocked Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s comment that the state was developing and said the remark was made keeping in mind the upcoming Bihar assembly polls.

Modi, while launching the Pradhan Mantri MUDRA (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency) programme in Jharkhand’s Dumka city and also addressing a rally in Bihar’s Banka district on Friday, said:

“Jharkhand is developing after the BJP government was formed.”

Modi is master of branding. He is branding Jharkhand to win Bihar poll. Modi should spell out single achievement of Raghubar Das in any field like road, power and health sector which has helped the people of the state,” Alok Dubey, Jharkhand Congress general secretary, said.

Dubey said: “In the last nine months, the power situation has worsened. The state capital Ranchi witnesses 10 to 12 hours of power cuts. A power cut also happened a few days ago when the chief minister held a meeting in the secretariat to discuss the power scenario in the state.”

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) also questioned the prime minister’s remark. “Modi is master of packaging and branding stale things. Modi should look into Ranchi-Jamshedpur national highway which has turned into a death trap,” Kunal Sarangi, JMM legislator from Bahragora, said.

“The prime minister should also look into the Bahargora National Highway 33, connecting Jharkhand to Odisha and West Bengal. This highway witnessed traffic dislocation for a record 220 hours last month.”

Sarangi said: “We want to know from the prime minister about the parameters on the basis of which Jharkhand stood third in World Bank ratings for the most investor-friendly state.”

“Reliance withdrew from Hazaribagh’s 4,000 megawatt power plant. Not a single industry is established. Where are the facts and figures that prove the claim that Jharkhand is developing. It is still working on the 2014-15 policy of providing drinking water and repairing tubewells. More than half of the state is facing drought and the state government is doing nothing to help the farmers.”

 

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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.