The countries forming the BASIC group — Brazil, South
Africa, India and China — on Tuesday committed themselves to a
comprehensive, balanced, ambitious and legally binding agreement emerging
from the Paris Climate Change conference, but cautioned that it must not
deviate from the differentiation principles that are already part of the UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change.
China, which has a parallel understanding with the U.S.
on tackling climate change, joined the other developing countries in the
bloc, and carefully skirted the contradictions between the U.S. position and
the stand of the developing countries.
Developing countries are being asked to undertake low
carbon strategies as a commitment at CoP21, but there are differences on
what kind of funding would be provided for adaptation, loss and damage, and
From India’s perspective, events such as the Chennai and
Uttarakhand floods and distressing crop failures due to drought are strongly
linked to climate change, and an agreement for the future must have
provisions for adaptation, and loss and damage.
On a second contentious issue, the review of national
actions pledged in Paris as INDCs for the period after 2020, India said
countries had made national choices of either a five-year or ten-year INDC.
India-based JV being considered for supply of Sukhoi-30 spares
India and Russia are exploring the possibility of setting
up a joint venture in India to improve supply of spares for the Sukhoi-30
frontline fighter aircraft. The two sides are also in advance negotiations
for a long term agreement for spares for the fleet, of which just over 50
percent are operational at any given point of time.
The agreement will simplify the bureaucratic procedures
for procuring spares and hence cut the time required to process any request
from the Air Force by simplifying procedures like customs, bank guarantees,
letter of credit and so on. The prices for spares and a method for price
escalation will also be factored in
The idea is to eventually in-crease serviceability to 75
percent for the Air Force’s Sukhoi fleet. Sukhoi’s are the mainstay of the
Air Force but have poor availability due to spares and maintenance issues
India and Russia started working on a long-term agreement
in 2006 and eventually agreed on a technical assistance agreement in 2012for
aircraft maintenance and spares which brought downtime of repairs of
aircraft to be sent to Russia from 8-15months to 60 days.