MHA allows Maoist-hit states to acquire helicopters

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 22, 2012 18:37 hrs

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IBNS) Under the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) Scheme, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has 'in-principle' approved hiring of one helicopter each by the Left Wing Extremist (LWE) affected states for providing air-support to anti-naxal operations, subject to the prior approval of the MHA.

This was stated byJitendra Singh, Minister of State of Home Affairs in written reply in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The State of Maharashtra has hired one helicopter from M/s Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited for Anti-naxal operations.

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