The expenditure excludes that of crew and staff salaries, insurance, depreciation and interest on borrowings, among others.
Sikandar Ram, one of the 11 convicts in the Ramgarh district beef lynching case, had been granted bail by Jharkhand High Court.
On July 7, Hazaribagh MP Jayant Sinha had sparked a controversy after pictures of him welcoming the convicts with garlands and sweets went viral on social media.
As many as 56 unserved and 17 under-served airports and 31 heliports would be connected under the scheme, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
Earlier, Sinha had garlanded and offered sweets to six of the convicts released on bail by the Jharkhand High Court during the pendency of their appeal on July 4.
Alimuddin Ansari was lynched by a mob on June 29, 2017 after beef was allegedly found in the vehicle he was in.
Jayant Sinha had stoked a controversy after he felicitated eight convicts in the Ramgarh lynching case when they came out of prison on bail last week.
Controversy erupted last week after photos of Sinha felicitating eight men convicted for the lynching of cattle trader Alimuddin Ansari on June 29 last year went viral.
“Now that a Union minister has openly questioned a criminal case where his own party government in the state had prosecuted and brought to justice the accused, we would like to know what stand the Government of India proposes to take.”
Congress leaders claimed Jayant Sinha’s action had reinforced the belief that the BJP tacitly supported those accused and convicted in such crimes.
Sibal’s remarks come a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at a rally in Jaipur that the Congress was being called “bail gaadi” because many of its high-profile leaders and former ministers were out on bail.
On July 4, when seven of the 11 men convicted of the 2017 lynching of Jharkhand meat trader Alimuddin Ansari walked out on bail, six of them were taken straight to Sinha’s residence in Hazaribagh, where the minister welcomed them.
Yashwant Singh, who was one of the prominent members of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet, has been a staunch critic of his former party and prime minister Narendra Modi’s policies.
Controversy erupted on Friday after photos of Jayant Sinha felicitating eight men convicted for the lynching of cattle trader Alimuddin Ansari on June 29 last year went viral.
The Ranchi High Court had granted the 11 convicts bail on June 29 this year. Jayant Sinha reiterated his ‘misgivings’ about the sentencing and said he was pleased that their terms were overturned by the HC.