At a time when the southern state Kerala is struggling to find financial resources to rebuild the state following the devastating floods in August last year, the Prime Minister Modi-led NDA government has forwarded a bill of Rs 102 crores to the state government for availing services of Indian Air Force planes and helicopters for the rescue and relief services during floods.
During the Kerala floods, the Air Force carried out 517 sorties on planes, airlifting 3,787 people and 1,350 tonnes of cargo, and 634 sorties of helicopters, winching 584 people and airlifting 247 tonnes of goods, said Minister of State in the Defence Ministry Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.
“Bills of approximately Rs. 102.6 crores have been forwarded to the Kerala Government for use of IAF aircraft/helicopters for Kerala Flood relief. The recoveries for providing services of IAF aircraft/helicopters are effected from the State Government and the Administration of Union Territories,” PTI reports quoting Bhamre as saying.
The Army and the Navy are also preparing details of expenditure for assistance in the floods in Kerala, he added.