After the Vigilance Organisation received complaints of misuse of the state aircraft by the Ministers and bureaucrats in the state,State government has issued the guidelines for streamlining the use of state aircrafts by deciding to charge the family members of officials and Ministers who board them.
Under the guidelines which have been issued by the civil aviation department of the Jammu and Kashmir government,it has been made mandatory that the pilots should maintain a list of those who travel in the state aircraft.
As per the guidelines,only the Ministers and government functionaries have been allowed to use the state aircraft and the civil aviation department should work out the tariff to be charged from even the close family members of the Ministers and bureaucrats who board the aircraft. For this the civil aviation department will finalise the tariff that should be charged from even the spouse and even the immediate family member accompanying a Minister and a government functionary.
In case the person other than the authorized person makes use of the state aircrafts the Director Civil Aviation and the concerned pilot have to seek a specific permission from the government to take the person on board the state aircraft.
It has also been made mandatory for the pilots to record the names of persons who travel in the state aircrafts on a given journey.
The report of the trips undertaken by each aircraft along with the persons who flew in them should also be sent by the Director Civil Aviation to their administrative department on weekly basis,the guidelines point out.
However while the civil aviation department will fix the tariff for the relatives of those who board the state aircraft,the families of Governor and Chief Minister have been exempted from this requirement.
These guidelines follow after the State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) has sent a report to the State government in which it pointed out that the aircraft was misused by the officials and Ministers.
Earlier it was reported by the SVO to the government that there has been a blatant misuse of the state aircraft by the officials and Ministers describing the use of aircraft by spouses and other relatives of Ministers and bureaucrats as a joy ride. Even the SVO had asked the government that the pilot also misused the aircraft for the joy rides.