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Jagan’s Helicopter Bills are talk of the town

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, who had criticised former chief minister and Opposition leader N. Chandrababu Naidu for spending on special flights for his foreign tours during the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) rule earlier between 2014 to 2019, seems to have forgotten his tirade. In fact, what is surprising is, the Jagan’s own helicopter journeys cost the state a whopping Rs. 26 crore. 
 
For many who heard this news, it came as a jolt. The Andhra Pradesh Aviation Corporation released Rs. 26 crore to the state government towards the special aeroplane and helicopter services utilised by the Chief Minister from June 2019 to November 2020. This amount has been spent on aviation charges of the CM for an 18-month period. 
 
According to sources, the government released the Rs. 26 crore as additional amount to some funds already earmarked for the same purpose in the Budget. It is significant to note that the additional expenditure on flights is Rs 1.5 crore per month.
 
After the YSRCP was voted to power, finance minister Buggana Rajendranath slammed Naidu for spending Rs. 39 crore exclusively on foreign trips but failing to attract substantial investments. From June 2014 to April 2019, Naidu made 38 foreign trips and signed 16 MoUs. But, given the security threats to Chandrababu Naidu, the special flights travel were inevitable, say intelligence officials.
 
At least in Naidu’s case, he brought more worthy investments that also brought international companies, institutions, healthcare and education centres to the state along with many employment opportunities. 
 
It is also significant to note that Jagan, who claims to be saving crores through reverse tendering of various projects and even putting on hold the construction of Amaravati in view of the heavy expenditure involved on the river bank, seems to be very liberal, when it comes to his comforts and convenience.

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