No White Paper on Rafale deal: Centre


New Delhi: The Union government on Wednesday ruled out any plan to issue a White Paper on the Rafale fighter jet deal with France, which has been questioned by opposition parties.

Congress MP KV¬†Thomas, in a written question in the Lok Sabha, had asked if the government had been urged to issue a White Paper on the Rafale deal by “defence experts as well as some political leaders”, and its reaction.

Opposition Congress has alleged that the deal for 36 Rafale fighter planes with the French government was finalise at a higher price than the previous deal for 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA).

In a reply in the Rajya Sabha earlier, Bhamre had said that no price was arrived at in the previous deal, which never saw a conclusion.

“It had not been possible to finalise the terms and condition for acquiring the 126 aircraft even after a protracted process from the period of issue of Request for Proposal (RFP) in 2007 to the unsuccessful commercial negotiations up to 2014,” the Minister had said.

The Congress has alleged “irregularities” in the agreement to buy 36 Rafale jets off-shelf from France.