Sunday, September 03, 2006

Anomalies in plane purchase denied

Gaya: Rubbishing the charge that procedures were violated in the purchase of a King Air C90B aircraft by the Bihar government during President's Rule, Bihar Chief Secretary GS Kang on Saturday, said the plane was bought in accordance with the rules.
Referring to the charge that a commission of Rs 33 lakh was paid to Indamer, an agent of Raytheon which was included in the cost of the flying machine, Kang said, in fact, instead of overspending it suggested saving by the state government. "If we had bought the King Air C90GT instead of C90b, the government would have had to spend maybe Rs 100 lakh for 100 hours of minimum required training for pilots and engineers. In case of C90b, only Rs 5 lakh was spent towards the training as only five hours of it was required," Kang said.
Moreover, the chief secretary said the C90GT aircraft did not have the capacity to land at small airstrips in Bihar and could have landed only at Patna, Gaya, Darbhanga and Purnia airports and so was not suited to state's needs.
02/09/06 Press Trust of India/Hindustan Times
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