New Delhi: Ending speculations over India reportedly ending the Rafale deal with France, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh on Tuesday said most of the hitches had been addressed and a few things that remained would be addressed in the next meeting of the Defence Acquisition-Council (DAC).
“I can only tell you that so far most of the hitches that were there had been addressed. A few (other) things will be addressed when possibly the matter comes before the DAC in the next meeting and thereafter I think the road shall be clear,” Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a joint Air Force-CII seminar on Make in India on Tuesday.
When asked we have reports from Bundelkhand that people are forced to eat chapatis made of grass, in such circumstances can India afford to buy 36 Rafale that would cost around Rs 65,000 crore, Singh said, “A nation prospers when it is safe from all sides like air and water, and if that safety is not there, we won’t be able to have chapattis made of even grass.”
“Today Rafale is our necessity, while LCA is entirely different from Rafael; we need both. We are trying to invest our resources in right manner so as to make our air force more capable,” he added.
India and France in January signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purchase of Rafale.
According to reports, 36 Rafales will cost a little over Rs 65,000 crore and effort is on to bring down the price to les s than Euros Rs 59,000 crore.