Posted by: Helicop Aviation | August 16, 2011

CM Not Using Chopper For Holidaying: Govt

The State Government today clarified that the expenditure shown to have been incurred by Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) for flying Chief Minister to different locations was incorrect.
An official spokesman in response to the assertions made by some elements regarding use of choppers by the Chief Minister has issued following statement.
“Information was sought under RTI regarding use of choppers by Hon’ble Chief Minister, J&K for the last three years.  The Government is committed to transparency in all matters of governance and, therefore, has given out full details of the visits as sought.
However, the expenditure figures relate to the entire department’s flying activities for the last three years.  It is important to understand that Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) also undertakes the task of flying His Excellency the Governor, Hon’ble Union Ministers, Ministers of the State and senior Government officials of the State and Government of India; apart from key police officers in emergency situations.
CAD also carries out casualty evacuations, polling duties, cash couriers to far flung areas and flying people in Gurez and Tangdhar areas during winters when the road gets blocked.  It feries Ministers and officials during natural calamities like earthquake, floods, road blockages due to landslides and village fires and damages due to hailstorms and storms.  The expenditure numbers given out, therefore, are for all the flying activities and not merely for the flights undertaken by the Hon’ble Chief Minister as brought out.
The flights to tourist resorts were not meant for holidaying but to get first hand information on the facilities and progress of the developmental activities and presiding over various Development Authority meetings.  Hon’ble Chief Minister uses the aerial route to visit such places to avoid inconvenience to common public and tourists which get stranded due to his road movements.  Also adequate sorties are required to be cared out to the same location to a single visit of any VVIP to move officers, staff and key security personnel.  All the Chief Ministers right from the time the chopper was procured have been using the facility for security and effective governance.
Choppers are important tools of effective and efficient governance where the Chief Minister and other Ministers can attend to their office work and be with people at various far flung areas in shortest possible time. It must be appreciated that helicopter travel it is a matter of necessity in a state like J&K which comprises of rugged, inhospitable and hazardous terrain spread over a large area.  It enhances access of the Hon’ble Chief Minister and Minister who can reach places which are even inaccessible by road to see the progress of developmental works.
It will be a worthwhile exercise to find out the kind of expenditure incurred by our neighbouring states vis a vis quantum of usage and see how efficiently these machines have been employed by the state”.



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