Maoist-affected states can hire private choppers

August 23rd, 2011 - 5:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) The government Tuesday said some states have been allowed to hire private helicopters for their anti-Maoist operations.

“To meet the shortfall, the Left-wing extremism affected states have been permitted to hire helicopters under the security related expenditure scheme,” Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

States hit by Leftist insurgency had been demanding dedicated helicopters for supporting security forces involved in the anti-Maoist operations.

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