‘Rafale Deal V/S Rail Deal’

Serious Study Report by:
Harbans S Nagokay.

While; we need to fight with ‘Poverty, Unemployment, Insufficiencies, Deficiencies’ or around internal issues per so-called proxy-war or on-going levied protest war (Jihad) in Kashmir. Then,our sanctioned budget for ‘Poverty + Primary Health + Rural Development = Rs 60,000.00. Crores’ whereby, 36 Rafales purchase going to cost us @ Rs. 59,600/- Crores and the roughly-calculated / predictable cost on Jammu-Udhampur-Baramulla, rail project (including, so-called by-road travelled DMU’s etc.) is now nothing going to be less than
Rs 50,000/- + Crores or even more.
Certainly! Kashmir Railway (Jammu-Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla) is one of the most scenic railway line of India passes through the 20 tunnels and 100 of bridges over the young Himalayas, also hosts the tallest Indian railway bridge (almost constructed). The Kashmir Railway line is the most challenging railway project of Indian rail system, crosses the major earthquake zones, high altitude mountain passes and terrain in the extreme temperatures of cold.
Unfortunately, Railways have suffered a loss of above Rs 15 crores; due to the continue unrest in the Kashmir valley and the consequent damage to rail properties, the Government sources also confirmed.The loss suffered in 2010 only, as per a preliminary estimate was to the tune of Rs 7.64 crore as Railways tracks, bridges and buildings were damaged mostly between Qazigund-Budgam section, Minister of State for Railways also told that time, in his written reply at Rajya Sabha. And, now; the unrelieveddeferment of train services in Kashmir is denting revenue of railways badly as it is continuously rising due to on-going unrest in Valley, since July, 2016 till date.
According to officials of Northern Railways, the train service on 137-kilometer long rail line is suspended since July 8thafter widespread protests and violence raged across Kashmir and there are reports that mob attacked the rail installations at several places in South Kashmir from where deadly violence originated and to avoid any untoward incident the service was suspended. Train operation in the Kashmir region is proving to be white elephant for the Indian Railways, on-going unrest in the Valley has made things worse. The Railways has been suffering huge revenue loss in operating trains in the Kashmir region even as the trains have been running at full occupancy. The Railways has been spending nearly Rs 80 crore annually on operation and maintenance of 137-km rail network between Banihal and Baramulla. On the other hand, it earns a meagre Rs 3 lakh daily from passenger fares. Annually railway’s earning in Kashmir valley is nearly Rs 10 crore and thus a loss of Rs 70 crore per year to the national transporter. And, loss due recent unrest also completed a total of Rs.8-10 crores approx. However, the losses suffered due to crowd attacks are yet to be ascertained alongside the day-to-day expenses that include operating costs comprise of staff’s salaries and allied upkeeps counting safety & security arrangements or overheadsetc.
This may sound otherwise surprising, but; in a major deal for India’s private defence industry, Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group and Rafale maker Dassault Aviation today announced a joint venture (JV) that will be a “key player” in execution of offset contract worth about Rs 22,000 crore as part of the fighter jet deal. The announcement of the JV, Dassault Reliance Aerospace, comes within days of India and France on September 23 signing an agreement for 36 Rafale fighter jets at a value of
euro 7.87 billion, or about Rs 59,000 crore. The agreement includes a 50 per cent offset obligation, the largest-ever offset contract in the history of India. There is also a technology-sharing component, which is being discussed with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Conversely, India had gone for the initial deal of 126 aircrafts from Rafale but then again; the Govt. of India and French Aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation, signed this agreement valued 7.87 billion for the sale of 36 Rafale multi-role fighters. And, these twin-engine, multi-role fighters will fulfil an important shortfall in IAF-folks; those celebrated their 84th ‘Air force Day’ yesterday.
However, point to be distinguished that ‘India’s Indigenous Tejas fighter’ stole the show, leaving spectators enthralled with its manoeuvres at the 84th Air Force Day parade on Saturday.And the important & best part of the show was that even haze did not however come in the way of the IAF’s acrobatic team on Hawks, the Surya Kiran, which was at stand by and later staged a captivating performance.The static display included a Sukhoi jet with air version Brahmos missile, MiG-29 armed with a 30 mm cannon, close combat and radar guided missile.
Within all above news broadcasts, it sounds ironicbut after China now Modi’s fast friend Obama led US is sayingthat does not support declaring Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’. The US said it does not support declaring Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’ but will continue to work with the governments in the region to eliminate safe havens which also pose a threat to India. The US also called for a “meaningful dialogue” between India and Pakistan to address differences including the Kashmir issue and to bring down the recent tensions. State Department spokesperson John Kirby, however, expressed confidence that Pakistan has kept nuclear arsenals safe from terrorists. Yet, Pakistan Prime Minister’s special envoy on Kashmir Senator MushahidHussain Syed has linked peace in war-torn Afghanistan to the resolution of the Kashmir issue and said a solution to both is required for peace. And, for the first time, Pakistan has linked peace in war-torn Afghanistan to the resolution of the Kashmir issue, saying a solution to both is required for peace and they cannot be “compartmentalised”.
At the end, within all such pressures & pulls; Home Minister Rajnath Singh stated that ‘India will retaliate and even won’t count bullets-if attacked’ though; opening fire /war first never been or going to be India’s policy, but if war levied on us, we will become unstoppable. Nonetheless, Kashmir entered its 4th month of massive protests and unrest with above 90 killings, about 4000 injuries and near 1000 arrests and curfew / shut-downs etc. becoming like a routine, as usual.Then, Jammu is facing another threat of vector borne disease DEANGUE with about 33 tested positive.

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