Government says Rafale cost secret, but had disclosed it in 2016

NEW DELHI: The government has for the past several weeks maintained it cannot disclose the financial break-up of the Rs 59,000 crore (7.87 billion Euro) contract for 36 Rafale fighters due to a secrecy pact with France, but it had disclosed the cost per aircraft not long after the deal was signed in September 2016.
To a specific question on the cost per aircraft in the deal in Rajya Sabha on Monday, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply said, “As per ‘Article-10’ of the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between Government of India and Government of France on the purchase of Rafale aircraft, the protection of the classified information and material exchanged under IGA is governed by the provisions of the Security Agreement signed between the two nations in 2008.”

But junior minister for defence Subhash Bhamre, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on November 18, 2016, had stated, “IGA with the Government of France has been signed on…

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