Himachal seeks center-aid to facilitate chopper service in snowline areas


    Shimla (Dec 21) On the pattern of North Eastern states, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has sought for Central assistance to facilitate helicopter services in tribal snowline areas of Himachal Pradesh.

    He demanded to Union Government to provide 75 percent subsidy to provide affordable and cheap air services to the people living in remote and inaccessible areas of state.

    During a meeting with Union Home Minister P.Chidambaram at New Delhi today, he urged Centre to unburden the state by providing central assistance to continue the chopper service easing out state coffer by bearing expenses on the pattern of seven sisters states as more than five months people in tribal region of state remained snowbound and chopper is only way of transport communication to them, he said in a press release issued here today.

    He also asked the centre to release the financial assistance of Rs 29.28 Crore for setting up of 4th and 5th IRB Battalion in the State as committed by it while sanctioning armed police battalion to state and requested to grant Rs. 10 Crore Central assistance for strengthening Fire Services infrastructure in the State.

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