German auto company Daimler Chrysler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz, was giving 15% discounts for cars being used in Indian missions and posts abroad. But in 2010-11, a new arrangement was finalised under which discounts were increased to 25%.
Here is what ministry of external affairs’ annual report for 2010-2011 says: “Arrangements were finalized with M/s Daimler Chrysler AG, Germany, to avail of diplomatic discount, which increased from 15% to 25%, for the vehicles purchased by Indian Missions/Posts abroad. With India’s growing interaction with several countries, additional vehicles were sanctioned for a few missions to meet enhanced transportation requirements”.
The discounts remained at 25% for the next year too. Here are excerpts from 2011-12 annual report of MEA. “Keeping in view several requests received from Indian Missions/Posts abroad, for pre-mature replacement of furniture and equipment, the prescribed life-span of these items was reviewed. For purchase of vehicles abroad, arrangements were finalised with Daimler Chrysler of Germany to get 25 per cent diplomatic discount on purchases by Indian Missions/Posts. Some additional options were given for payment of emoluments to employees working in hard currency countries to ease hardships caused by currency fluctuations.”
There is no readily available record to figure out how many Mercs were actually bought at a discounted rates.
List of 1993 batch IAS empanelled as joint secretaries
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