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CAG raise questions on modernisation of IAF choppers says flying with limited capability, shows “poor planning and indecision.”



The modernisation of the Indian Air Drive’s Mi-17 medium-lift helicopters—proposed in 2002—has not been achieved, compromising the fleet’s operational readiness, India’s high auditor mentioned in a report tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.

The Comptroller and Auditor Basic (CAG) mentioned the choppers have been flying with restricted functionality, attributing the state of affairs to “poor planning and indecision.”

“The defence ministry as a consequence of poor planning and indecision at varied phases of procurement took 15 years to enter (January 2017) into the upgradation contract of 90 Mi-17 helicopters with an Israeli firm. The contracted supply of those upgraded helicopters was to start out from July 2018 and be accomplished by 2024. Audit, nevertheless, famous that after upgradation, 56 of those helicopters can be left with lower than two years of life and can be phased out by 2024,” the CAG mentioned in a report on the Air Drive—one in every of three studies tabled in Parliament.

The report additionally highlighted irregularities within the buy of aero engines for unmanned aerial autos, citing a case the place a overseas vendor—Israel Aerospace Industries—equipped such engines at greater than 3 times the market worth.

In one other report on the administration of defence offsets, the CAG mentioned that the French plane maker Dassault Aviation and weapons-supplier MBDA haven’t confirmed the switch of know-how (ToT) to the Defence Analysis and Growth Organization (DRDO), which was a part of the Rs 59,000-crore Rafale contract, as reported by Hindustan Occasions on Thursday.

The auditor doubted if the ToT for a key engine would even happen, and identified that a number of offset contracts constructed into a number of defence offers haven’t yielded the specified outcomes. India’s offset coverage stipulates that in all capital purchases above Rs 300 crore, the overseas vendor has to speculate at the very least 30% of the worth of the acquisition within the nation to spice up indigenous capabilities. Within the case of the Rafale deal this was 50%.

In a 3rd report, the CAG flagged issues concerning the Indian Navy’s auxiliary vessel power not rising proportionately with its fight fleet. “The truth is, it was declining,” the CAG mentioned, attributing it to inordinate delays in acquisition course of and non-adherence to the prescribed timelines in conclusion of contracts.

The CAG discovered the navy’s current functionality of  Landing platform docks (LPDs) to be insufficient to fulfill necessities for amphibious/expeditionary operations. Such warships are used to move troops, defence tools and helicopters into the battle zone by sea.

“The Indian Navy, due to this fact, determined to amass this very important warfare ship in October 2010 at a value of Rs 16,000 crore. Nonetheless, even after a lapse of 9 years, contract has not been concluded. This was as a consequence of failure to repair a specified time-frame for acquiring company debt restructuring exit certificates by one of many taking part corporations,” the CAG mentioned.

The auditor mentioned that insufficient availability of fleet tankers with Indian Navy compelled it to rent ships from commerce.

Tankers present water, ammunition and shops to warships at sea. “The approval for acquisition of fleet tankers at a value of Rs 9,045 crore was accorded in 2014. Nonetheless, the contract was but to be concluded until August 2019,” the report mentioned.




Review of ‘Mirzapur S2’: Divyendu Sharma shines in a Dreaded Mirzapur.



The highly-anticipated season 2 of web series ‘Mirzapur’ will be streamed on Amazon Prime Video on October 23, 2020. To keep the momentum going, the makers have for now released the brand new trailer of ‘Mirzapur 2’. The dark, gritty narrative of ‘Mirzapur Season 2’ features Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Divyenndu, Shweta Tripathi Sharma, Rasika Dugal, Harshita Shekhar Gaur, Amit Sial, Anjum Sharma, Sheeba Chaddha, Manu Rishi Chadha and Rajesh Tailang.

Pankaj Tripathi that had dominated the first season of Mirzapur that had stormed the OTT medium back in 2018. The man is in very good form all over again in the second season as well, the first couple of episodes of which were made exclusively available to this writer. Whether it is sarcastically asking his wayward son [Divyendu Sharma] whether he has any business plan in mind to him admonishing a senior politician in his own bungalow to go quiet or dealing with the cops, he is up there.

It’s just that this time around, the series seems to be built on isolated moments rather than a seamlessly exciting narrative, something that was the hallmark of the first season. The screen lights up each time when Divyendu is there. He is a villain, of course, but then there is such childlike enthusiasm in him, coupled with inherent humor that he brings in most crass of the situations, that you can’t help but actually wait for him to keep coming back. Watch out for the way in which he gears up to re-establish his business empire and you would know.

In the first season, it was the battle that was fought between the heirs of all things illegal, Divyendu Sharma, and the ‘bhai bhai jodi’ of commoners Ali Fazal and Vikrant Massey. With a neat six minute long recap of the first season that kick-starts the second season, you are reintroduced to the battle that ensued, something that resulted in the death of Vikrant Massey and Ali’s wife Shriya Pilgaonkar. The story moves ahead with Ali Fazal, his sister [Harshita Gaur] and Shriya’s sister [Shweta Tripathi] on the run.

Thankfully, there is a new angle introduced by makers [Puneet Krishna and Gurmmeet Singh] which promise a lot of excitement ahead in eight episodes that would follow. In the first season, there was just a glimpse of a rival gang in motion at Jaunpur. This time around the set up is promising a full throttle battle ahead as the next generation has arrived on the scene, the ones who want to play it with brains instead of bullets, and hence draw up a deep rooted plan. Entry of Vijay Verma on the scene, albeit briefly, further makes it all promising.

One truly hopes though that soon enough there is good character development for Ali Fazal as well because he was truly the ‘jaan’ of the show. In the first season, his character was pretty much inspired from Sanjay Dutt in Mahesh Bhatt’s Naam, what with even the dialogue of ‘crime is a one way street’ being mouthed. Here, he unfortunately goes through a severely clichéd scene featuring his parents (Sheeba Chaddha really hamming it out with Rajesh Tailang just being a little behind). For the sake of the audiences, hope that was just an aberration.

After all, there isn’t much of fun to see the family patriarch [Kulbhushan Kharbanda] continuing to solicit his daughter-in-law [Rasika Dugal] at very given moment. While that has lived its life in the first season, what would be interesting to watch is the plan ahead with the honest cop [Amit Sial] confessing (after witnessing a bloody shootout) that he is now worried only about his family.

So what if that means picking up a bribe up to 10 lakhs from ‘Kaaleen bhaiyaa’ despite not being offered to eat from the same plate as the Tripathi family. It’s the money that counts after all, and this time around the battle lines are drawn between Mirzapur and Jaunpur territories.

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