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August 30, 2010

KP govt to pay Rs 20 million for helicopter operations

Sports

August 30, 2010

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will pay Rs20 million to the military authorities as charges for the helicopters used in the rescue operations during the flooding that affected 24 districts of the province.
Sources told The News that the provincial government had been approached through the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) in a letter to pay Rs20 million as charges for the 30 helicopters that made over 1,000 trips to the inundated areas during the rescue and relief operations in the province. The sources added that the charges sought from the provincial government would cover the period from July 28, the day the floods first struck Swat and rest of Malakand division, to August 4.
They said the bill for Rs 20 million would now be put up to the chief minister for approval as it exceeded the limit, which the PDMA director general and the finance committee formed for the purpose were authorised to sanction. The sources said the committee was authorised to approve amounts up to Rs10 million.
The sources said efforts would be made to pay the bill at the earliest once Hoti gives approval. The sources also confirmed that the charges for the eight US Chinook helicopters that were used in the rescue operation in Malakand division and elsewhere in the province during the floods would also be paid by the provincial government.

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