The cash-strapped Punjab government on Monday gave its nod to the purchase of a fixed wing aircraft worth Rs 80 crore.
The government had recently purchased a Bell 429 helicopter worth Rs 38 crore to replace the one it had leased to fly its VIPs. The leased craft was returned to the company early this month.
The nod to buy the aircraft was given by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a meeting here on Monday. The proposal to buy a fixed wing aircraft was sent by the Department of Civil Aviation more than two years ago but no decision was not taken in this regard. Recently,a cabinet sub-committee on civil aviation had approved the purchase of an eight-seater aircraft.
The move comes despite the Punjab government facing an acute shortage of funds even to carry out its day-to-day affairs.