Helicopter meant for operations against LWE, misused by ministers and officers in Odisha: CAG report


Bhubaneswar: The auditor report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India stated that a helicopter hired for carrying anti-Maoist operation in Odisha was misused by ministers and officials.

The CAG report said the helicopter was used by various officers and ministers for surveillance and monitoring which was not allowed under Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme guidelines, and ministers and various officials flew in it for about 84 per cent of its total sorties.

Between February 2013 and September 2015, 341 sorties were conducted and, out of these, the helicopter was used for dropping ration and shifting of injured security personnel only in 53 of them, said the report.

Moreover, the frequency of operation had also decreased during the period.

“In contrast, when the MI-172 chopper was used during 2012-13 and from October 2015 to June 2016, it had conducted 343 sorties mainly for evacuation, rotation of forces, dropping of ration and shifting of injured personnel, etc,” the report said.

The helicopter was not to be used for surveillance and monitoring, said the report.
Besides, extra expenditure of Rs. 11.89 lakh per flying day was made, as the helicopter had Bhubaneswar as its base instead of Koraput, which is closer to areas affected by Left-wing extremism, the report said.

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