Govt using offset money of Rafale deal to help train, skill youth: Sitharaman

  • Speaking at an event on the World Youth Skill Day, she said an agreement has been signed in front of everyone to detail what the jet maker-Dassault will do as part of the offset contract
  • The first Rafale fighter jet is expected to be delivered to the Indian Air Force later this year

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First Published15 Jul 2019, 09:08 PM IST
New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during the Budget Session at Parliament House in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)
New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during the Budget Session at Parliament House in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Taking a pot shot at the political opposition for raking up Rafale deal issue during the April-May general elections, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Monday said the offset contract of Rafale will help to train and skill youth in India, and no fund was given to any 'bhai'.

Speaking at a skill day event in New Delhi, Sitharaman said the jet maker Dassault Aviation Monday signed an agreement with ITI Nagpur for aerostructure fitter programme.

"You all know about the discussion on Rafale. No money was given to any 'bhai'," she said.

She said the money from offset is for training purposes and an agreement in this regard has now been signed with Dassault, which manufactures Rafale jets. However, the details of the entire training programme are not known yet.

The finance minister said during elections there was a campaign accusing PM Narendra Modi of giving offset money to someone. “To whom he gave the money. The money is being given to youth for training," she said.

The first Rafale fighter jet is expected to be delivered to the Indian Air Force later this year.

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First Published:15 Jul 2019, 09:08 PM IST
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