Govt exempts NA chopper users from paying fare arrears

Published On: April 7, 2017 01:12 PM NPT By: Deepak Kharel

KATHMANDU, April 7: The Nepal government has decided to exempt various governmental and non-governmental organizations from paying the air fare arrears amounting to around Rs 32 million at the request of the Defense Ministry.

A decision has been made to exempt them from paying the air fare arrears accumulated during the period 2034 BS and 2069 BS, said highly placed source at the Office of Prime Minister.

The meeting of the council of ministers held on February 14 had made a decision to that effect.

The decision was made when debate was going on regarding the misuse of Nepal Army helicopter by politically influential leaders

The fare arrears exempted also includes the amount extant ministries,  organizations and dead ministers owe Directorate General of Army Aviation of Nepal Army.

A total of 84 organizations including various ministries owe Nepal Army the fare arrears equivalent to about Rs 62 million.

After  the government decided to exempt those who chartered  NA Helicopter during the period 1978-2013 from paying the fare arrears equal to about Rs 32 million, the remaining fare arrears that various organizations who chartered  NA helicopter after  2013 owe Nepal Army amounts to round Rs 30 million.

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