Dehradun, March 3: In less than a year in power, the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Uttarkhand has spent nearly Rs 6 crore on flying chief minister and other VIPs to various locations, an RTI reply revealed. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat made 93 air trips, including 47 by state-owned aeroplane, and 45 by state-owned chopper, according to the information obtained by RTI activist Hemant Singh Goniyo. Also Read - BJP's Troubleshooter, NE's Most Influential Politician Himanta Biswa Sarma to Take Oath as Assam CM Today
The information was provided by Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority (UCADA) but it did not specify the amount spent on arranging rides for the chief minister, the Hindustan Times reported. Also Read - Will Himanta Sarma Outplay Sonowal to Become Assam CM? Crucial Decision Today
The RTI reply revealed that Rs 5.85 crore was paid to various private service providers for arranging copters for VIPs that include the chief minister, governor, ministers and other VIPs. Also Read - Uttarakhand Announces Summer Vacations In All Govt, Non-Govt Schools Till June 30
Earlier, another RTI reply revealed that the Chief Minister’s office spent over Rs 68 lakh on tea and refreshments in just 10 months. The money has been spent by the Ministers and other officials in entertaining guests, specifically on tea and snacks, the RTI reply revealed.
Rawat was sworn in as Uttarakhand Chief Minister after the BJP swept out the Congress in the Assembly election. The saffron party won 56 of the 70 seats.