Gandhinagar: Gujarat government purchased a plane for CM Vijay Rupani and other VIPs at a cost of Rs 191 crore a few months ago. The plane has been kept idle at Ahmedabad airport for the last two and a half months. Pilots of government aviation companies are training to operate the new aircraft. Gujarat Government’s Bombardier 12-seater aircraft is piloting training pilots in Canada these days.
In the assembly, on Thursday, the Minister of Civil Aviation acknowledged spending huge sums of Rs 13 crore 23 lakh 67 thousand 894 in two years on two and a half decades old helicopter on repairing of helicopters, pilots and staff. Limbdi MLA rise question on this during the budget session in the Gujarat assembly in response to which it said that on average, the government spends more than 6.50 crore every year on the maintenance of helicopters.
The Gujarat government has bought a new Bombardier-650 12-seater aircraft CM Vijay Rupani and other VIPs. The aircraft is equipped with the latest technology, as well as its functions are different from other aircraft, it is considered imperative for the pilot to be trained. So, pilots are in Canada for special training these days. Only after completion of pilot’s training the Gujarat Government’s aircraft will be operated.
Gujarat government under debt burden
The burden on the Gujarat government is increasing faster than the speed of the bullet train. As per the revised estimates, the government’s public debt will reach 2.67,651 crore. The total budget will increase from 28,617 crore to 2,96,268 crores at the end of the new financial year 2020-21, as per the information from the state budget document. The total public debt of the state government is Rs 2,67,651 crore as on March 31, 2020.
Savings scheme in Gujarat government debt i.e. NSSF loan is 35,756 crore, central government loan of 7,702 crore, market debt and power bond 2,08,023 crore, loans taken by banks-financial institutions is 16,167 crores. In this way, the loan will reach ₹ 2,96,268 crore by 2020-21. Similarly, it will reach 3,34,989 by the end of 2022 and 3,91,989 crores by the end of 2023.
The state government has announced that it will pay Rs 44,001 crore loan in 2019-20. Since 2015, the Gujarat government’s debt has increased every year. The government has announced public borrowing of Rs 23,486 crore in 2015-16, 27,668 crores in 2016-17, 26,953 crores in 2017-18 and 43,146 crores in 2018-19.
The Gujarat government is spending public money aggressively on colorful programs and Trump’s reception. Not only this, despite the presence of a new plane, it is spending ₹ 13.23 crore for the maintenance of the old helicopter, which makes it clear that in the coming days the burden of the state will be even greater.