Doubts raised over HAL contracts misleading: Nirmala Sitharaman

Rejecting “doubts” raised by the Congress on her statement on HAL contracts as “incorrect and misleading” + , defence minister Nirmala Sitharamanon Monday said in Lok Sabha that the government-run defence undertaking has been awarded works worth over Rs 26,000 crore and projects amounting to Rs 73,000 crore are in the pipeline.

Her clarification came amid a political furore over her statement in the House regarding orders placed with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), with Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleging + that she had “lied” that government orders worth Rs one lakh crore were provided to the company.

Amid protests by opposition members, Sitharaman told Lok Sabha on Monday, “I would like to set all doubts to rest … the doubts raised in this regard are incorrect and misleading.”

The minister said she has received confirmation that contract amounting to more than Rs 26,000 crore have already been signed between 2014-18. Read More

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