Nirmala Sitharaman said the offset contract of Rafale jet deal will help train and skill youth
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said the offset contract of Rafale fighter jet deal will help train and skill youth in India, and no money was given to any ”bhai”.
Speaking at an event on the World Youth Skill Day, she made indirect reference to the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s charge of offset contract of the multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal going to Anil Ambani, saying an agreement has been signed in front of everyone to detail what the jet maker-Dassault will do as part of the contract.
During the event Dassault Aviation signed an agreement with ITI Nagpur for aerostrcuture fitter programme.
“You all know about the discussion on Rafale. No money was given to any ”bhai”,” the minister said.
She said the money from offset is for training purposes and an agreement in this regard has now been signed with Dassault.
Dassault is manufacturer of Rafale fighter jets.
Ms Sitharaman also said that during the recently concluded general elections, a campaign was that PM Modi has given the offset money to someone.
“To whom he gave the money. The money is being given to you for training,” she said.
The first Rafale fighter jet will be delivered to the Indian Air Force in September 2019 as per schedule, a top government official has said on Saturday.
Rafale fighter jets, manufactured by France-based Dassault Aviation, are twin-engine multi-role fighter…