Bhutan ministers under fire for frequent uses of choppers

Bhutan ministers under fire for frequent uses of choppers

SAM Staff,
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Bhutanese ministers including the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay came under fire for frequently using helicopter services. The opposition alleged that the state is being unnecessarily burdened with such expenses.

Perception grew among people that ministers are frequently travelling in helicopters, said the opposition MP Dorji Wangdi in the Parliament.
The Opposition Leader (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho questioned on Tuesday on his Facebook page, “How did we ever manage without helicopters?”

He estimated that the cost of helicopter services availed by the Prime Minister was Nu 5.75 million [$1= 68.43 Nu] while the Cabinet ministers jointly spent Nu 2.73M between December 2 last year and November 8 this year.

The helicopter services in Bhutan began from November 2015 after the government bought the first helicopter. The second helicopter commenced services in June 2016.

The service is available for government high-ups at a 50 percent discount to the seven gewogs [refers to a group of villages] that are not connected by motorable roads.

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