गुरुवार, 23 जुलाई 2015

Hiring of Aircraft/ Helicopter for use of VIPs on hired basis by GOO

Hiring of Aircraft/ Helicopter for the official use of VIPs/other Dignitaries on hired basis by Govt. of Odisha


Few months back, there was hue and cry in mass media about use of Helicopter by Sri Nabin Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha for his visit to Cuttack which is just 30 kms from Bhubaneswar, resident and office of the Chief Minister. It was alleged that it was completely misuse of public money. Out of curiosity  to know  about  details of  hiring of Helicopters,  amount paid from State exchequer,  RTI Application was submitted on 28.1.2015 to the PIO, Department of General Administration, Govt. of Odisha seeking information about decisions taken  and terms and conditions for  Engagement of Deccan Charters Pvt. Ltd for providing Helicoptor/ Aircrafts services  on hire to State Govt. from 2009-10 to 2014-15 including copy of the file noting.   The PIO took around 5 months to provide the information. But still this information is incomplete. I received this information from the Department on 6.6.15. The details of the information supplied by the PIO are as follows.

A.   The information has been provided from 2011. It may be from this year  the State Govt. has   entered into agreement   with Deccan Charters Flight Ltd.  for hiring of  helicopter for VIP operation  of State Government.
B.   As per the  filing noting ad correspondence made, the State  Govt., was hiring  Bell-230 twin engine Air conditioned  helicopter  for  VIP Operation  on Fixed  Monthly Charge ( FMC) for a temporary period sometimes one month or two months which gets extended   from time to time.  
C.  On 11.11.2011, the Government approved the offer of M/s Deccan Charters Ltd.  for hiring  their Bell-230  twin engine  Air Conditioned  helicaptor  with VVIP lub seating  for VIP operations of the State Govt.  on Fixed  Monthly Charges. The details of terms and conditions are as follows.

Sl.No
Particulars of Hire Charges
Amount (INR)
1
 Fixed Monthly  Flying  Charges  ( FMFC)  of 30 hours  per month @ Rs. 1,20,000/-  per hour  ( minimum monthly  cumulative  entitlement  of 30 hrs.)
Rs. 36,00,000/- per month
2
Flying charges  for positioning &  Return Ferry ( any mobilisation  and demobilisation )
Rs. 14,30,000/-
3
Hourly Flying charges ( HFC)  for any  flying beyond  entitlement  of 30 hrs per month.
Rs. 1,10,000
4
Fuel transportation  charges  to outstation
On actual

D.    On 21.3.12, the State Govt.  entered into negotiation and approved  the offer of  Deccan Charges  Ltd.  for hiring their  EC-135 P2  twin engine helicopter  on wet lease basis  for VIP operations  as the following terms  and Conditions  
                      
Sl.No
Particulars of Hire Charges
Amount (INR)
1
 Fixed Monthly  Charges  ( FMC)    which does not include  any free flying hour
Rs. 48,00,000/- per month
2
Hourly Flying Charges ( HFC) 
Rs. 47,110.00
3
Flying charges  for positioning &  Return Ferry ( any mobilisation  and demobilisation )
Rs. 17,82,500/-
4
Crew accommodation  and transportation at out station  will be borne by Govt.

5
Fuel positioning   charges   
On actual

E.     On 31.7.14, the Purchasing Committee in its meeting  held  under chairmanship of U.N. Behera  revised  charges  for  hiring twin engine helicopter as per the proposal submitted  by M/S  Deccan Chartered   Pvt. Ltd. On 22.9.14, the State Govt.  Negotiated with the Company for hiring helicopter for a period of one year w.e.f. 1.10.2014 as per the following terms and conditions.

Sl.No
Particulars of Hire Charges
Amount (INR)
1
 Fixed Monthly  Charges  ( FMC)    which does not include  any free flying hour
Rs. 52,00,000/- per month
2
Hourly Flying Charges ( HFC) 
Rs. 51,820.00
3
Flying charges  for positioning &  Return Ferry ( any mobilisation  and demobilisation )
Rs. 17,82,500/-
4
One station Crew and Engineer  accommodation, Fuel positioning   and transportation at out station, watch  hour extension  at Airports / Airstrips/Helipads   will be borne by Govt.
As per Actual
5
 Service Tax   
As per applicable  

Pradip Pradhan
M-9937843482

Date-23.7.15 

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