Days before the PM replaced the deal with one that would eventually exclude HAL and favour Reliance, the Dassault CEO had said ‘contract finalisation and signature could come very soon.’ So what changed?
The defence minister clarified that not “a single procedure was violated” during the purchase and that when the Modi government came to power, “the situation was grim” and that it had “to move forward fast”.
The ‘Make in India’ campaign, launched under Nirmala Sitharaman’s watch, has so far failed to ignite any significant domestic production. While it is a complex process, her potential for success or failure will be in seeing this through.
Maintaining an inadequate status quo has been the preferred mode of operating in the defence ministry, and many issues fester.
The defence ministry is far too big and complex to be managed part-time as an additional charge by another minister, no matter how competent and cerebral he may be.
Farooq Ahmad Dar says he was beaten with gun butts and wooden sticks, and paraded through many villages while tied to the jeep.
He tried creating his own world almost wholly made up of people drawn from Goa, but Lutyen’s Delhi had its own inexorable ways of breaching his citadel from time to time
While Parrikar set in motion important reform processes, he was unable to cut through his ministry’s byzantine bureaucracy and ends his tenure with a few achievements.
Pathankot pushed things into motion and the home ministry made things worse by adopting a blinkered approach that didn’t take the views of other government departments on board.
The Shekatkar committee report represents a starting point and makes a valuable suggestion – non-combat organisations must be reviewed and restructured.
Alleged Deviations and Bureaucratic Delays: Defence Ministry Reboots Six-Year Attempt at Purchasing Carbines
Over the last three years, the acquisition process has been bogged down by everything the Modi government has vowed to fix in India’s defence industry.
An analysis of various reports shows that it is highly unlikely that India has the artillery and ammunition resources to fight another war like Kargil.
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said in a message posted on Twitter that Afghan special forces had killed all those involved in Monday night’s attack in the Share Naw area of Kabul.
While pricing concerns and technology transfer issues are two main sources of contention, both countries have separate reasons for not wanting to call off the sale of twelve ShinMaywa search-and-rescue aircraft.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar stressed that the ministry has already put on hold new transactions with the company.
The court asked the Centre and the Maharashtra government to initiate proceedings against bureaucrats, ministers and politicians involved in the Adarsh Housing Society scam.