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Odisha spent Rs 26.55 crore towards airfare of CM, ministers

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has spent more than Rs 26.55 crore towards airfare of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other ministers in three years.

The state's Parliamentary Affairs Minister B K Arukha, said in a written reply to BJP member Dilip Ray, in the Assembly today.

He said the expenditure on account of air travel was for the period 2015-17.

While Rs 8.43 crore was spent towards airfares of chief minister and other ministers during 2015, the amount was Rs 11.14 crore in 2016 and Rs 6.97 crore in 2017, the minister said, adding, this included fare for travel within the state and outside.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had used a chopper 104 times for his movement within the state and other ministers used choppers for 45 times within a span of three years, Arukha said.

He said the chief minister had undertaken flights outside Odisha on 11 occasions in the three years while one minister undertook air travel outside the state only once.

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