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    Will Anthony the clean man come out clean by prosecuting the culprits or he is also corrupt like most of his colleagues in the government. Will Mr.Clean becomes Mr.Dirt or will he retain his clean image?

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    Anon @ 11:16 AM

    While, I have no knowledge on the instant case, but what has Mr Anthony got to do with this. Isn't it a bit harsh to pull up a Defence Minister for a faux Paux by someone much lower in the hierarchy.

    My personal experience on dealing with such matters is that the 'audit' reports don't always bring out the true facts of the case. They bring out 'audit' anomalies without looking into the circumstances which caused such anomalies to take place.

    With civilian bureaucracy (at lower functional level) not at all concerned with the "actual ground reality and operational status of the equipment' and rather being more interested in being 'paper correct' on files, sometimes, the dealing officers are forced to take procedural shortcuts to ensure that they are able keep the equipment operational.

    I am not saying that 'financial bungling' does not take place in defence deals.

    It probably does…..

    but I have no knowledge of it.

    With media constantly interested in 'blowing up' even smallest of procedural errors, and the MoD staff (again at lower functional level) not willing to be constructive part of the whole "process of managing defence of a nation", it is a bleak and desperate future we are looking at.

    I am not cutting you short,

    just expressing my opinion out of some personal experience on the subject.

    Everyone concerned with procurement is NOT CORRUPT. There are many who do the job with a conscience.

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    Good reply, Mickey… not that I necessarily agree, but surely these discrepancies need to be explained and understood.

    The CAG is always complaining about something or the other. If the CAG cannot give useful feedback, then why do we even have a CAG? And what exactly is the government doing to plug these procedural loopholes?

    I understand the Armed Forces will compromise if their operational preparedness is being threatened by non-acquisition of equipment due to civilian "paper processing"… but what's the solution to this problem?

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    HAL & DRDO should develop trainer aircraft in fastract . need to co develop trainer with indian / abroad manufacturer for quick result.


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