CAG report on Rafale highlights the flawed process – Editorial

There’s no such thing as a benign Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report. The government’s auditor is expected to be finicky and puritanical when it comes to processes and finances – and it is usually that.

The report by CAG on the Indian Air Force’s acquisitions that was tabled in Parliament on February 13, is just that, although not in a way that either the government or the opposition would want. The report is on 11 air force purchases, although much of the focus has been on one deal – the purchase of 36 Rafale fighters through an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between India and France.

At one level, the report on Rafale, is a vindication of the government’s stance that it bought the aircraft at a lower price than in an older deal negotiated by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), and scrapped in March 2015.…