HAL not contending to be offset partner of any manufacturer: MD

BENGALURU: Amid a political slugfest over the Rafale fighter jet deal, state-run HAL's chairman and managing director R Madhavan Wednesday said the plane manufacturing company is contending not to be an offset partner of any authentic equipment manufacturer.

But it wish to be a "total technology transfer partner" for production of plane, he said.

Madhavan's answer got here when he was once requested to explain on one amongst many fees that defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) had been disadvantaged of an offset contract from the Rafale deal.

"We are not contending to be an offset partner to any OEM, rather HAL would like to be a total technology transfer partner for production of aircraft," he advised PTI here.

He also said HAL's fundamental focal point was once on manufacturing of plane, helicopters, associated equipment and their repair and overhaul, and now not in garnering offset business.

Production of plane from transfer of era is totally different from offsets, in step with him.

Some portion of the offset business from more than a few other programmes were being administered at the HAL, but it does now not form a major business, Madhavan said.

"HAL will continue to get these offset business," he added.

The Congress not too long ago accused the government of forcing Dassault Aviation to make Reliance Defence its offset partner for the Rs 58,000 crore deal to purchase 36 Rafale jets.

It alleged that the government was once helping the Anil Ambani group get a freelance price Rs 30,000 crore from the deal.

However, the Reliance Group, in a statement, has said Dassault Aviation's investment in Reliance Airport Developers Limited has no link with the Rafale fighter jet deal, and has accused the Congress of resorting to "blatant lies" for political beneficial properties.

Reliance has also said the Indian government, the French government, Dassault and Reliance have clarified on a couple of events that there was once no offset contract for Rs 30,000 crore to Reliance as alleged through the Congress.

Earlier, in an interaction with the media on November 2, Madhavan had said that the HAL was once totally out of the Rafale deal, however at one level of time, it was once a part of it, which failed to kick-off.

"We are not in that (Rafale) business now. We were in it at one point of time. It is a direct purchase by the government and (I) cannot make any comments on pricing and policy changes," he had said.

Escalating his campaign in opposition to the Modi government over the Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi ultimate month accused it of destroying the "strategic asset", state-run aerospace company HAL, and advised its employees that "Rafale is your right."

In an interaction, Gandhi had sought to reach out to present and former HAL employees, alleging that "temples of modern India are being attacked and destroyed; we cannot allow it to be done."

The Congress has also been difficult answers on why the HAL was once now not involved in the deal as finalised all over the UPA regime.

However, the BJP and Reliance Defence have brushed aside all the allegations as false.
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