Tuesday, 13 August 2013

CAG finds ‘several instances’ of deviation in chopper deal

The CAG on Tuesday slammed the Defence Ministry and Air Force for “several instances” of deviation from rules in the procurement of VVIP choppers in the Rs. 3,727 crore AgustaWestland deal.
In its report tabled in Parliament, the Comptroller and Auditor-General also questioned the decision of the then IAF chief to hold the trials of the two contenders for the deal abroad.
The CAG also noted that the benchmark cost of Rs. 4,871.5 crore for the 12 VVIP choppers was “unreasonably high” as compared to the Rs. 3,966 crore quoted by AgustaWestland.
“Several instances have been observed where the Defence Ministry deviated from the 2006 Defence Procurement Procedure and the tender for the deal issued in September 2006,” the report stated.

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