he Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the Rafale deal, tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, has been seized by the Narendra Modi government to claim vindication and the Opposition to dismiss it as “not even worth the paper it was written on”.
Some of the highlights of the report after a quick reading follow:
Does the report really vindicate the government’s position?
Not really. The Centre is highlighting the statement that the Modi government secured a 2.86 per cent cheaper price for the Rafale fighter jets than what was negotiated by the UPA regime.
But there’s a big catch. The CAG report does not mention any absolute figures. It merely mentions comparative percentages on different parameters.