The Punjab authorities has floated a young to rent an plane for VIP motion for a yr, drawing sharp criticism from the Opposition which alleged it geared toward facilitating journeys of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.
Presently, the Punjab authorities has a chopper. “The federal government intends to rent a fixed-wing plane on lease for a yr,” mentioned an official.
The Division of Civil Aviation has floated a young through which it mentioned it intends to empanel/rent from well-established and financially sound air constitution service suppliers a Dassault Falcon 2000 fixed-wing plane for a yr.
In accordance with the tender, the plane ought to have a minimal seating capability for eight to 10 passengers and will probably be required to be positioned and function from the Chandigarh worldwide airport.
Reacting to the transfer, senior Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa mentioned the cash-strapped state is grappling with debt lure and income technology however the authorities is considering hiring a fixed-wing plane.
“What was the quick want or requirement of the Bhagwant Mann authorities to rent a fixed-wing plane when Punjab already has a Bell helicopter,” he requested.
“The Punjab authorities bought the five-seater twin-engine Bell 429 helicopter in 2012 for Rs 38 crore which is sweet sufficient to facilitate the VIP motion. So, the place does the necessity come up for hiring a brand new plane,” Bajwa questioned.
“I imagine the concept has come from none apart from Bhagwant Mann’s political mentor Arvind Kejriwal. For the reason that fixed-wing plane can simply seat 10 passengers, it seems that Kejriwal desires to make use of this for his personal political sojourns,” he alleged.
Shiromani Akali Dal chief Daljit Singh Cheema requested CM Mann to inform folks why he was “spending crores of rupees from the state exchequer to fund the air journey of Aam Aadmi Get together convener Arvind Kejriwal”.
In a press release right here, Cheema mentioned it was stunning that the Punjab authorities is able to “waste” crore of rupees merely to facilitate Kejriwal and his entourage.
He mentioned a fixed-wing plane was not wanted for journey in Punjab as a result of it had a small geographical space and that it will be used for journey exterior Punjab to facilitate Kejriwal’s visits to different states for electioneering.
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