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CAG Report On The Rafale Deal Likely To Be Tabled During The Upcoming Budget Session'19

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| January 30 , 2019 , 17:08 IST

Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report on the Rafale deal is likely to be tabled in Parliament by the central government during the upcoming Budget Session.

The government has already replied to the CAG's queries on different defence issues, including the Rafale deal.

According to reports, the government has replied to the CAG's queries on Rafale deal and other defence deals. As per CNN News 18, the CAG report will reveal whether the deal inked by the Narendra Modi government has incurred any losses to the exchequer or not without mentioning the exact price of the aircraft.

"Even without mentioning prices it is possible to opine whether the cost at which the current government finalised the deal is more or less than the earlier deal," an officer told CNN-News18. Officials also pointed out that the rupee to euro cost could also be factored in while assessing if the price of the aircraft in 2016 was more than the price being negotiated in 2008.

The Ministry of Defence said earlier this month that it had given the CAG access to all the files relating to the Rafale contract and that it would be best to await the national auditor's report on the issue.

"Only three copies of the final report will mention the price of each aircraft. These will most likely to be given only to MoD. The copies given to Parliament will have the price redacted. If the public accounts committee wants to know the price, they will have to obtain the relevant copy from the MoD," an official explained.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his government over the Rafale deal with France and asking why a 70-year-old defence public sector company Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) was ignored for manufacturing the fighter jet. The Congress also claimed that the Modi government had purchased the aircraft at higher prices.