Rafale planes bought by the
Modi government are Rs 59 crore cheaper than what the UPA government paid for
A document prepared by the
ministry of defence and the Indian Air Force this year shows that the per unit
price of Modi regime's Rafales, after taking into account the cost of weapons,
maintenance, simulators, repair support and technical assistance is Rs 1,646
crore while the ones negotiated for by the UPA would have come to Rs 1,705
The NDA government paid Rs 59,000 crore for 36 planes
while the UPA had paid Rs 1.69 lakh crore. The NDA government thus saved Rs 59
crore per aircraft.
The aircrafts bought by NDA
also have missiles such as the METEOR and the SCALP which were not included in
the aircrafts bought by the UPA.
The total cost of 36 Rafales
is Rs 59,262 crore whereas the 126 planes during the UPA time would have cost
Rs 1,72,185 crores as per the document.
Despite spending Rs 9,855 crore
more on the India Specific Enhancements in the planes in the deal done by the
Modi government, the cost of the planes is coming to Rs 59 crore less than the
UPA price for each aircraft.
The development came on a day
the Congress gave notices for bringing a privilege motion against Prime
Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha
for misleading the House on the Rafale deal.
In the notices, the party
said Modi and Sitharaman's contention in Lok Sabha on Friday that a 2008
agreement between India and France prevented the government from revealing the
price details of the deal was not correct.
The notices were given to Lok
Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan by leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha
Mallikarjun Kharge, Veerappa Moily, K V Thomas, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Rajeev
Satav over the statements made by Modi and Sitharaman during the debate on the