Air travel was in 2017; explains Chief Minister’s office
Thiruvananthapuram: The Chief Minister’s office has come out with an explanation regarding Pinarayi Vijayan’s air travel.
The statement said that the chief minister had travelled to Madurai in Tamil Nadu from Thiruvananthapuram in a special aircraft to attend a convention organised by the Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch in November 2017. Associating this with the devastating deluge was malicious, it added.
The floods hit Kerala in August 2018. On November 6, 2018, the chief minister was in Kozhikode taking part in the Left Democratic Front (LDF) rally. The rally was widely covered by all major media.
The CM might use a special aircraft of helicopter during emergency situations. That is in the interest of the state and its people. All major states in the country have a helicopter or an aircraft used by the chief minster or other ministers in emergency situations. As Kerala does not own such an aircraft, the CM uses a special aircraft or helicopter, the order said.
However, the order stated that even though the CM travelled in 2017, the expenses for the same, which amounted to Rs 7.60 lakh was allotted in 2019 January 19. (G O R T number 361/2019/ G A D)