Rs 12 cr spent on VVIP sorties

ARVIND SHARMA

Jammu, Mar 25: The state government has, during the past three years, incurred an expenditure of around Rs 12 crore on the state plane and chopper sorties to facilitate movement of dignitaries including Chief Minister, Governor and other VVIPs. The State’s Civil Aviation Department has one aircraft, King Air-350 and two Helicopters, Bell-407 and Augusta-109E to facilitate the movement of dignitaries and VVIPs. Chief Minister has authorized the use of Aircraft and Helicopters for VVIPs like visiting union ministers, presiding officers of Legislature, his ministerial colleagues and senior officers of government of India and the state government.
Out of the total amount spent on these sorties, an amount of more than Rs 8.05 crore was spent on the maintenance of state Aircraft and Helicopters, while more than Rs 3.01 crore was spent on the fuel during the last three years.
In terms of maximum expenditure on such sorties, year 2010-11 tops the list, during which an amount of more than Rs 4.40 crore was spent, which includes expenditure on maintenance, inspection, labour, insurance, landing and fuel charges. The government spent an amount of Rs 3 crore on maintenance of state Aircraft and Helicopters, Rs 12.89 lakh on landing and parking, Rs 31.79 lakh on insurance and Rs 96.47 lakh on the fuel during the year 2010-11.
During the year 2011-12, the government spent a total of Rs 3.60 crore to cater for the movement of VVIPs and maintenance of the Aircraft and Helicopters. This includes Rs 2.20 crore on maintenance and Rs 1.04 crore on fuel. A total of Rs 4 core was spent during the year 2012-13, which apart from other expenditure includes Rs 2.86 crore on maintenance and Rs 1.01 crore on fuel.
Aircraft has been generally used to facilitate the movement of VVIPs on Jammu-Srinagar-Leh-Rajouri-Delhi circuits, while Helicopters are used within the state for official purpose and security considerations. Apart from this, Helicopters have also been used for evacuating and lifting the patients.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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