SLAF makes a killing flying politicians Peace-time operations
Posted on October 7th, 2016

Parliament was informed yesterday that the Prime Minister’s office had hired helicopters and other aircraft from January 10, 2015 to April 30 2016 at a cost of Rs. 123 million.

This was revealed by a statement tabled by the state Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene in answer to a question raised by Joint Opposition MP Udaya Gammanpila.

The answer further revealed that the Prime Minister’s office had hired helicopters 35 times, during the aforementioned period, at a cost of Rs 123 million, which was paid to the Air Force by the Prime Minister’s office.

In addition, the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, too, had hired helicopters 16 times at a cost of Rs 12.9 million while Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen had hired helicopters 13 times for a fee of Rs 6.1 million.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had hired helicopters 11 times paying Rs 5.2 million, while former President Chandrika Kumaranatunga had hired a helicopter once.

Ministers Vajira Abeywardana, Sagala Ratnayake and MP Wijeyakala Maheswarana had each hired helicopters once.

In total helicopters were hired 169 times by the state, private institutions, politicians and individuals during the specified period.

One Response to “SLAF makes a killing flying politicians Peace-time operations”

  1. AnuD Says:

    what killing, It is not from their pockets. they use public money for luxury. the car goes on the ground. they fly in the air.

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