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There are many fine orators in Parliament; A K Antony is not canada goose outlet parka one of them. Nevertheless, MPs listen carefully on those rare occasions when the defence minister speaks because the man’s transparent sincerity gives weight to his words.
It will take more than a truck to make the slightest dent in the wall of his reputation for honesty, and perhaps even several thousand such vehicles cannot manage the feat.
The question, however, is whether sincerity can ever be an excuse for inactivity. That, at any rate, is what the Opposition is saying.
By Antony’s own admission on the floor of Parliament, General V K Singh came to him about a year ago, with a tale of a recently retired officer offering a massive bribe. The officer, allegedly, asked the Chief of Army Staff to clear the purchase of several hundred Czech made Tatra trucks; canada goose factory outlet vancouver when General Singh refused, on the grounds that canada goose outlet niagara falls the trucks were ‘sub canada goose outlet in uk standard’, the other officer reportedly told him that others in his seat had taken bribes and others yet to come would do so in the years to come.
The much reported incident took place well over canada goose outlet in montreal twelve months ago, in September 2010 as best as anyone can tell.
The defence minister also accepted that he held his head in his hands in utter bewilderment when the COAS told him as much. But he then added that no enquiry had been ordered because General Singh apparently told him that he did not wish to pursue the matter, and did not mention the matter in writing.
An offer of a bribe to a sitting Chief of Army Staff is an extremely serious matter, and it was not really up to either the defence minister or his most senior army colleague to canada goose outlet black friday sale decide that the matter should rest there.
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canada goose coats There is no point, however, in tut tutting over might have beens. All the country should expect is that the defence minister starts, even at this late date, a thorough house cleaning. The investigation must examine the very processes of procuring equipment for the armed forces. canada goose coats
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canada goose uk outlet I do, however, have an additional query bubbling away. Who is responsible for the current set of embarrassments for an already beleaguered government? canada goose uk outlet
Yes, it is a ‘set’ of problems because the defence procurement scandal comes hard on the heels of the leaking of a Comptroller Auditor General’s report on the allocation of coal mine licences. Very briefly, it is, apparently, the CAG’s position that certain parties, both private firms and public sector undertakings, made ‘windfall gains’ through winning allotments.
According to the leaked draft report the ‘windfall gains’ amount to Rs 10.67 lakh crore at current prices. By way of comparison, the CAG had estimated the losses in the 2G
cheap canada goose uk Scam at Rs. 1.76 lakh crore. In other words, the loss was over six times greater in the coal mine allocations than in the 2G Scam. cheap canada goose uk
What adds piquancy to the situation is that the ministry of coal was held by the prime minister himself at the time of the allotments. And if there is anyone in this government that rivals A K Antony in personal probity then canada goose victoria parka outlet it is Dr Manmohan Singh.
India faces a very peculiar situation where the two most honest men in the Union Cabinet are suddenly facing the charge that massive scams took place in their own departments. Is that just coincidence?
That is a question to be answered another day, following a little more research. The issue of who leaked CAG’s draft report is particularly intriguing.
There is no real reason for anyone from the CAG’s office to leak a draft when the final report was to be released within weeks anyway. But the draft must have been doing the rounds in Delhi given that the CAG always invites comments from concerned ministries.
Canada Goose sale At this point, however, let us look a little deeper into Tatragate. Canada Goose sale
The charges of bribery are now going to play out in the courts because Lieutenant General Tejinder Singh (retd), widely reported as the ‘recently retired officer’ that offered the bribe to the Chief of Army Staff, has responded with a defamation case against General V K Singh.
Canada Goose Jackets The issue of ministerial responsibility should be tackled by Parliament. But this still leaves several questions. Canada Goose Jackets
First, why exactly does India continue to buy just about all the equipment for the armed services from abroad? We are not discussing nuclear technology or rocket science here, but of trucks! There is something seriously wrong if Indian industry cannot make trucks to the Indian Army’s specifications. In fact, assuming I have understood it correctly, the canada goose outlet initial deal with Tatra was signed before the UPA came to power.