Punjab: With 700 trips to various places in less than 3 years, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son, deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, have rendered an entirely new meaning to the term ‘The Flying Sikh’.
State ministers putting to personal use governmental vehicles is not a recent phenomenon. But the Badals’ frequent utilisation of the state helicopter to visit their village Badal in Muktsar district, to their farmhouse at Balasar in neighbouring Haryana and other various places in the vicinity have put forth the question of whether they’re disproportionately misusing a state helicopter as a personal vehicle.
The Badals’ count of 700 trips in barely 3 years excludes the private choppers which have been hired by the state government. If the statistics of the utilisation of the state helicopter ranges to a high number, then the numbers for the private choppers will relatively be much higher.
Misuse of state conveyance facilities are mainly associated with politicians who do not pay heed to regulations set by the Centre for the usage of state transport vehicles.