The Centre has given Kerala Government a Rs 102 crore bill for using Indian Air Force aircraft and helicopters for flood relief operations during the August flood.
In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said that during Kerala floods the IAF carried out 517 sorties of fixed wing aircraft, airlifting 3,787 people and 1,350 tonnes of load, 634 helicopter sorties, winching 584 people and airlifting 247 tonnes of load.
"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," Bhamre clarified
Not to stop at that, the much-hailed services of the Army and the Navy will also not be free of cost as the two forces were working on the expenditure details.
The Minister clarified that the assistance by armed forces to civil administration were to be charged. It was under rules that the armed forces compiled details of expenditure and forwarded to State Governments, Bhamre added.
"The scrutinised bills are forwarded by the State Government to the Ministry of Home Affairs for reimbursement," he added.