BJP demands `thorough` inspection of Pawan Hans helicopters
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 05, 2011, 23:33
  
New Delhi: In the wake of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu's death in a chopper crash, the BJP on Thursday demanded that all helicopters belonging to the government-owned Pawan Hans be subjected to "thorough and rigid" inspection.

"BJP demands immediate, thorough and rigid inspection of all the 40 helicopters with Pawan Hans afresh and assurance of its overall safety to all the passengers. The government must also immediately okay acquisition of 15 new helicopters worth Rs 600 crore as proposed by the company," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

He also insisted that old helicopters should be phased out immediately and replaced by new ones. The Rajya Sabha MP said the government should provide budgetary support for acquiring 25 more choppers.

The main opposition alleged that the poor state of affairs in Pawan Hans was due to government apathy over the years.

"It serves as the lifeline in North-East. Since its inception in 1985, the government has practically abandoned the company to its fate. Unfortunately, those who were at the helm of affairs in the company also converted it into a financial company rather than a helicopter company," Javadekar said.

The BJP expressed shock over Pawan Hans "practically" not acquiring new helicopters in the last 25 yrs.

"It continues to function with old machines, which has created doubt about the safety of its services. No wonder for these reasons the Meghalaya government has stopped operations of Pawan Hans in the state," Javadekar said.

"BJP hopes the government will come out of its slumber and act swiftly to modernise the undertaking and guarantee safety to the passengers," he added.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, May 05, 2011, 23:33


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