HAL lessons for PM Narendra Modi: What other PSUs can learn from govt’s Rafael deal arguments

HAL lessons for PM Narendra Modi: What other PSUs can learn from govt’s Rafael deal arguments

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Most of those who watched defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s reply in Parliament on the Rafale issue concede that she did a superb job of debunking most of the arguments made by Congress leaders such as party chief Rahul Gandhi. A large part of the debate, in keeping with the Gandhi’s chowkidaar-chor-hai accusation, centred around the government having replaced the public sector HAL with an Anil Ambani group firm for the offsets.

No proof is required in such arguments, it is automatically assumed that the PSU is the good guy and the private firm is corrupt. So it is to Sitharaman’s credit that she asked why, if HAL was so efficient, the UPA didn’t conclude the Rafale deal with it as the principal Indian vendor when it was in power; even though Rafale chooses the vendors, the UPA could have indicated that it would like HAL to be the primary vendor.