PAC to Study Fincantieri Files on Navy Tankers | Warship Scam

After TIMES NOW reported that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government is looking at reopening the Navy tanker 2008 deal files, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will now look at the UPA deal with Fincantieri for two tankers. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had questioned the change in specifications for the grade of steel used. The Indian Navy has two fleet tankers INS Deepak and INS Shakti, both built by Italian shipbuilding firm Fincantieri. The ships provide the Indian Navy’s frontline warships with fuel, water and other essentials while out at sea. The construction of the vessel INS Shakti began in November 2009 and was handed over to India in September 2011 and later commissioned on October 1, 2011, while INS Deepak was commissioned into service on January 21, 2011. Each tanker cost the exchequer around Rs.936 crore. A 2010 CAG report had pointed out inadequacies in the deal, citing undue favours to a foreign vendor. Lately, allegations have surfaced that instead of using weapons grade steel, commercial grade steel was used for building the two vessels.

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