‘Das­sault-Reliance ven­ture is just 10% of off­set obli­ga­tions’

CEO Eric Trap­pier says the com­pany is ne­go­ti­at­ing with 100 In­dian firms to meet the re­quire­ments of the De­fence Pro­cure­ment Pro­ce­dure

Mid Day - - NATION - P Chi­dambaram, se­nior Congress leader

NEW DELHI: Das­sault Avi­a­tion CEO Eric Trap­pier has said that the com­pany’s joint ven­ture with Reliance in Nag­pur rep­re­sents only about 10 per cent of the off­set obli­ga­tions in the deal to pur­chase 36 fighter jets from France and it is in ne­go­ti­a­tions with about a 100 In­dian com­pa­nies to meet the re­quire­ments un­der the De­fence Pro­cure­ment Pro­ce­dure of the In­dian govern­ment.

“In full com­pli­ance with this reg­u­la­tion, Das­sault Avi­a­tion de­cided to set up the DRAL joint ven­ture with Reliance and build a plant in Nag­pur, which should en­able us to meet about 10 per cent of these off­set obli­ga­tions. We are in ne­go­ti­a­tions with about a 100 In­dian com­pa­nies and part­ner­ships have al­ready been con­cluded with about 30 of them,” Trap­pier said. He again made it clear that Das­sault Avi­a­tion, which man­u­fac­tures the Rafale jets, chose its off­set part­ner.

“The ref­er­ence is the con­tract we signed and which is called ‘off­set con­tract’. With re­gard to the staff and trade union or­gan­i­sa­tions, Das­sault Avi­a­tion uses the term ‘obli­ga­tion con­tractuelle d’offse’ or ‘obli­ga­tion con­tractuelle de com­pen­sa­tion’. Sign­ing an off­set con­tract is a re­quire­ment of In­dian law. The im­ple­men­ta­tion of off­sets is an obli­ga­tion and, un­der the In­dian reg­u­la­tion, the choice of part­ners be­longs to us,” he said.

‘As Rafale deal un­rav­els, mar­kets fall, ru­pee de­pre­ci­ates and in­ter­est rates rise, the re­sponse of the govern­ment is to sup­press dis­sent’

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Cops walk past a bill­board used dur­ing a protest by the Youth Congress against the al­leged scam in the Rafale deal, in Ben­galuru.

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