The Punjab government is sharing its helicopter with other states without any policy, the RTI reply revealed.
Besides, the state government also does not take rent from other states to use it, officials of the civil aviation department, Punjab, said.
The state government was embroiled in controversy two months ago when videos of Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala using the chopper went viral on social media. The state government faced sharp criticism from opposition parties after the video surfaced on social media.
RTI activist Manik Goyal said he sought details of the state government’s agreement with other states to share helicopters and rent paid by other states.
“Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders and civil aviation department officials lied about the policy of sharing helicopters with other states. They claimed that the state government has an agreement with the Haryana government to share helicopters with them, which is nothing but a lie. And my RTI request exposed that lie,” he added.
Abhi Chandra, Adviser, Civil Aviation, Punjab, said, “Neither do we have a policy of sharing helicopters with other states, nor do we take rent from other states. It’s just a give and take exercise based on needs. We also use other government helicopters when we need them.”