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Budget session: CAG report shows NDA’s deal for 36 aircraft 2.86 percent cheaper than UPA deal, Rajya Sabha adjourned

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The Rajya Sabha was adjourned on Wednesday by Chairman and Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu, who voice his dismay at the lack of business transacted in the house. This was the last day of the Budget session.

A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on Capital Acquisitions in Indian Air Force, in which included details of the Rafale deal, was tabled in the House. It showed that the NDA’s deal for 36 aircraft is 2.86 per cent cheaper than the deal which was negotiated by the UPA government, reported news agency PTI. The House passed the Motion of Thanks on President’s address, the interim Budget and the Finance Bill without debate.

It was expected that the House would take up other pressing issues such as the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019. However, since the bills were not ratified by the members, they will be taken up again by the new Lok Sabha after the General Elections.

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