Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government who sought one month’s salary from government employees and teachers towards Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, has now hired helicopter, paying advance from the treasury.
The government had said that it is facing lack of money in the treasury to meet the both ends of the people and had asked for donations. The government that said it has no enough money to meet the requirements of coronavirus treatment, has hired helicopter from a private company, Pawan Hans, and has paid an advance of Rs 1 crore.
It should be noted that this development comes in the midst of seeking money from people to end salary challenge as well as to implement welfare projects.
The government had decided to hire helicopters in the previous year itself during floods and when the state was already in a financial crisis. The Opposition had protested against the government’s extra expenditure at the time of crisis.
When Pawan Hans is offering helicopters in Chhattisgarh at minimum rates, Kerala rents for crores.
Pawan Hans Limited requires a crore and 44 lakhs to fly for 20 hours. The government has decided to sign a contract with Pawan Hans, rejecting companies that approached the government for a lower rent.