New Delhi, Feb 13 : The much-awaited Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the controversial Rs 59,000 crore Rafale deal has found that the agreement signed by the NDA government in 2016 for 36 jets was 2.86 per cent lower than the price negotiated by the UPA government for 126 aircraft.
The report does not disclose the actual price of the 36 Rafale fighter jets contracted by the NDA government but includes examination of the pricing. The prices have been redacted in the audit report based on the insistence of the Defence Ministry citing the Indo-French agreement of 2008 and the provisions of Inter-Government Agreement (IGA).
"Overall, it may be seen that as against the Aligned Price as estimated by Audit of 'CV' million Euro, the contract was concluded for 'U' million Euro i.e. 2.86 per cent lower than the Audit Aligned Price," the CAG said in its report on "Capital Acquisition on Indian Air Force" tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.
The report contained audit findings relating to the acquisition of Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft through an IGA with the government of France. "This includes examination of the pricing."
Going into the methodology of the price comparison, the national auditor said the price offered by M/S Dassault Aviation in April 2008 against the Request For Proposal (RFP) of 2007 was a market discovered price and based on competitive bidding.
The price offer of 2007 had two distinct packages: pricing for 18 flyaway aircraft package and pricing for ToT package for 108 aircraft which were to be licengal across Indonesia - except for in Sharia law-ruled Aceh province - and though the LGBT community has yet to meet acceptance, it had been tolerated in the past.
But the Electronic Information and Transactions (EIT) law and the law against pornography have often been used in Indonesia to criminalize homosexuality and the LGBT community, according to non-profit Human Rights Watch.
In February 2018, the government blocked more than 200 mobile applications and websites with content related to homosexuality.
Months later in October, the police arrested two people on the Java Island for running a Facebook page for gays, accusing them of publishing pornography and pressing charges under the EIT law.
To "safeguard" moral norms on the Internet, the Ministry of Communication has also threatened to shut down other social networks and messaging apps in recent years apart from blocking hundreds of webpages and apps carrying content that promotes homosexuality.
Nearly 88 per cent of Indonesia's over 260 million people are Muslims and the majority of them are said to be moderates.