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By NewsGram Staff Writer

With an aim to check compliance with Narendra Modi’s mission to clean river Ganga, Indian is thinking of setting up efficiency ratings at all establishments near the holy river.

According to officials, a ‘Nirmal Ganga Rating’ is in the works to assess industrial units, municipalities, gram panchayats and even ashrams on a scale of one to three, much like the Bureau of Energy Efficiency’s star rating for electrical appliances.

The first of its kind river friendly rating scale will be entirely voluntary for private entities that may be discharging waste into the Ganga.

However, plans are in the making to link release of funds for municipalities and gram panchayats according to the rating notched up by them on the proposed scale.

Here is what the proposal states:

  • A single star will be awarded to establishments that desist from directly contributing to the pollution in the Ganga
  • Two stars will be accorded to establishments that recycle their waste water
  • Three stars will go to those establishments that go a step further, take up advocacy for cleaning the Ganga and expand their influence and assistance in and around their vicinity.

“The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) is working on this three-tier rating system for all industries including the tanneries along the Ganga, tourism and hospitality related infrastructure like hotels, facilities manufacturing consumer products and all commercial establishments that may be discharging any kind of waste into the river,” a senior official told ET.

An agency has already been asked to develop guidelines for the rating, on which public views will also be invited and taken into consideration by the NMCG.

The green ratings will be extended to all ashrams, religious institutions, large residential complexes and educational institutions.

“The government wants to protect the river as well as take all stakeholders along. It wants to make it desirable for all establishments to be Ganga friendly but without any coercion”, source said.

A senior official also said that the government is thinking of linking financial incentives to industry and bodies that acquire new technology to treat waste before discharge into the river.

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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.