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HAL regrets politicisation of its employees

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

:Against the backdrop of Rahul Gandhi's interaction with present and past employees of on the Rafale deal, the company Saturday regretted 'politicisation' of its employees and termed it as a fad and regrettable development that would be detrimental to national security and the organisation.

An statement, which did not specifically refer to Gandhi's interaction with the employees, came after the event, where the alleged that temples of modern were being attacked and destroyed.

An from the agency told PIT that the NADA government has extended full-fledged support (to HAL), having placed supply orders of over Rs 27,340 core during the 2014-18 period by recognising its premier position.

Towards improvement and up gradation of infrastructure, including ramping up of production facilities, funding to the tune of Rs 7,800 core was sanctioned during the period, it said.

The also said enjoys pride of place in the defence and industry sector and has made immense contribution to the nation-building process.

"Todays attempt at politicisation of the employees is a fad and regrettable development and will be detrimental to the interest of the organisation, its employees as well as national security,"the HAL told in the statement.

In the interaction with former and past employees, Gandhi had accused the of destroying the "strategic asset" state-run company HAL and told its employees that Rafale is their right.

Congress, which has been accusing the government of benefiting Ltd of from the deal, has also been demanding answers on why the state-run aerospace HAL was not involved in the deal as finalised during the UPA regime.

The party had been accusing Narendra Modiof snatching jobs of people of by taking away thecontract from HAL.

Gandhi had been saying that had HAL been selected inplace of Reliance Defence, it could have generated employment to scores of unemployed youth in the state.

However, the BJP and have dismissed allthe allegations as false.

Modi had announced the procurement of 36 Rafale fightersafter holding talks with then French FrancoisHollande on April 10, 2015, in

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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 23:30 IST