Sonia Gandhi travelled in IAF aircraft 49 times in last 7 years

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  1. sasi

    sasi Senior Member Senior Member

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    Sonia Gandhi travelled in IAF aircraft 49 times in last 7 years - The Economic Times
    NEW DELHI: UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi travelled in Indian Air Force aircraft and helicopters 49 times in the lastseven years which included 23trips with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
    Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi also travelled in IAF aircraft and helicopters eight times in the last three years, according to a reply received under the Right to Information Act.
    Both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are not eligible to travel by IAF aircraft and helicopters so they have to travel in the company of eligible persons which includes the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Home Minister and the Defence Minister for official purposes.
    For unofficial purposes, only the Prime Minister is eligible. Other Cabinet ministers can also travel by these aircraft after taking permission of the Prime Minister.
    According to IAF rules, people eligible for airlift can take other co-passengers for specific purposes.
    Of the 49 air travels undertaken by Sonia Gandhi in IAF aircraft, 42 did not result in any bills as they were undertaken in the company of eligible people while six bills were raised and paid by the respective departments.
    One bill of Rs 1.17 crore is stillpending against the KarnatakaGovernment as this trip was undertaken on behalf of the State Government.
    The flight details show Sonia Gandhi also travelled with Pranab Mukherjee (the then Finance and External Affairs Minister) and Defence Minister A K Antony six times each.
    The reply received by Hissar-based RTI activist Ramesh Verma from the Defence Ministry and IAF headquarters show Assam Government has an outstanding of Rs 8.26 lakh on one air travel undertaken by Rahul Gandhi. One bill for air travel of Rahul Gandhi to Assam is still under preparation.
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  3. Blackwater

    Blackwater Veteran Member Veteran Member

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    that is why 3 , 737-900 are bought to ferry VVIP by IAF
     
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    Tolaha Senior Member Senior Member

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    Poor MMS! Whenever Sonia wants to go on a tour, he is forced to accompany! :tsk:
     
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    well she is the head of UPA he is head of GOVT , both head has to head somewhere
     
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    iNDiAN.96 Nationalist Senior Member

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    Can we file RTI asking by which plane Sonia Gandhi went to US for treatment and who paid it?
     
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    Sonia Gandhi expenses computed -

    According to a recent Economic Times report, bungalows in Delhi’s Lutyen’s Bungalow Zone (LBZ) cost between Rs 111 and Rs 170 Crore. (See Delhi's most expensive realty deal: Torrent Group buys bungalow in Lutyen’s Zone for Rs111 crore). As No.10 Janpath is in an even more exclusive zone, it may be safely rated at the top end of the scale, i.e. Rs 170 Crore, assuming of course that it is of the same area and not bigger! At 1% of the price as rental value the bungalow costs Rs 1.7 Crore a year (as rent) to the people of India. [A] One might safely assume an expenditure of Rs 30, 00,000 per annum on staff and maintenance.

    Her electricity bills come to Rs 2. 49 Lakh a year. [C] (See Sonia Gandhi's power bill: over Rs. 7 lakh for 3 years). We are relieved to know, that of the Rs 7.47 Lakhs incurred in three years, she herself has paid all of Rs 0.09 Lakh whereas the Lok Sabha Secretariat paid Rs 7.38 Lakh!

    As an MP she is eligible to salary and perquisites of Rs 36. 45 Lakh, excluding house rent which is already computed above. [D] (See SALARYOF MP'S - Indian Parliament members salary)

    She is entitled to Z+ security which consists of 36 personnel of the NSG. An NSG Z+ team consists of various ranks from IG to constable. Assuming an average salary of Rs 3 Lakh per commando, the team cost Rs 1.08 Crore per annum. [E]

    The total of [A]+ + [C]+ [D]+ [E] = Rs 3.47 Crore per annum. Based on a similar computation, Rahul’s expenditure to the exchequer (only salary and security included) comes to Rs 1. 45 Crore.

    It is interesting to note that (if our rental computation is right) Sonia exceeds her rental allowance by 700% and her electricity allowance by 400%.
     
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    Indian public are fools.... this is the big reason.....:mad:
     
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    Sam2012 Tihar Jail Banned

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    Air force is their family property what is the big deal ? ;)
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    If they are not eligible, then how are they travelling?

    Booked as PM's secretarial staff?

    Or luggage minder?
     

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