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Himachal MP demands Disaster Response Force units in state

New Delhi: Mandi Member Parliament Mrs Pratibha Singh requested the centre to sanction additional I R B Battalions in the state.  Mrs Pratibha Singh M.P met union minister of state for home R.P.N Singh and requested him to  provide necessary support to the state govt.

She demanded the setting up of Disaster Response Force units in Shimla, Kangra, Mandi, Chamba, Lahaul spiti and Sirmour districts of the state to strengthen the state govt in capacity building and provide holistic, co-ordinated and prompt response to all disaster emergencies keeping in view of the geographical locations of the state.

She also demanded the financial assistance for raising one battalion of National Disaster Response Force for providing immediate response to devastation caused by natural calamities and other crisis and offered land and other necessary administrative support for setting up NDRF unit in the state. She told that state falls in seismic zone five and is highly disaster prone and told that natural calamities like cloud burst, flash floods, land slides, forest fires, avalanches are common throughout  the state and requested the union minister to provide latest equipment’s, machinery and training to Himachal police to meet these challenges as police is the key agency to perform disaster management duties. She requested the home ministry to provide training to state police personals in different type of rescue techniques, climbing on rock surfaces, use of various types of knots and hitches in different situation, flood relief and rescue management and also requested for providing latest mountain tools, equipment’s, accessories training facilities of mountain search and rescue at  Mountaineering institute Manali.

Mrs Pratibha Singh M.P demanded the technical, financial and logistic assistance to promote alternative crops in mid –Himalayan terrains of the state to wean away the farmers from cultivation of cannabis and opium cultivation. She also demanded modern equipment’s and training to state police to address the problem of drug trafficking in the state and requested for providing unmanned aerial vehicles to conduct aerial surveillance of the high mountain areas affected by  cannabis and opium cultivation to permanently address the drug trafficking problem in the state.

Don’t Target IB, Inquire Role of Modi: FMSA

Aligarh: The Indian Constitution has granted right to life and those who violate that right are not only violating the Constitution but are also enemy of the nation. The police officers involved in the fake encounter of Ms. Ishrat Jahan are anti-national said Prof. Razaullah Khan member of AMU Court and the President of Forum for Muslim Studies and Analysis (FMSA) Aligarh. Appreciating the inquiry conducted by CBI, he said that the agency should also inquire about the role of Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Narendar Modi and his close associate Mr. Amit Shah.

          Secretary General of FMSA, Jasim Mohammad said that the policemen who killed Ishrat Jahan should be punished and such trend must be immediately discontinued but the criticism of Intelligence Bureau (IB) due to involvement of one or two persons is not right as that will lower the morale of the agency which is responsible for the security of nation.

          Prof. Humayun Murad said that the Gujarat is presently governed by a fascist government and the life of Muslims is still in fear and danger there. The Union government should ensure their safety. Prof. Syed Iqbal Ali said that the politicization of Ishrat Jahan fake encounter should be stopped and the justice delivery system in the country must be strengthened.

          N. Jamal Ansari Vice president of FMSA said that the nation is fast moving towards fascism and the police force has been highly communalized. Such elements should be checked so that the life of the citizen may be saved.

          In the end FMSA passed a resolution demanding that the role of Narandra Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister in the fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan should be inquired upon. In another resolution FMSA demanded that the Batala House encounter should be inquired on the lines of Ishrat Jahan fake encounter to clear public mind.

Union Budget 2013-14 highlights

New Delhi: The Union Budget for 2013-14 aims at higher growth rate leading to inclusive and sustainable development.
• Finance Minister makes three promises: to women, youth and the poor.
• Nirbhaya Fund to empower women and to keep them safe and secure.
• Proposal to set up India’s first Women’s Bank as a public sector bank.
• Rs. 1,000 crore for skill development of ten lakh youth to enhance their employability and productivity.
• Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Scheme to be rolled out throughout the country during the term of UPA Government.
• Fiscal Deficit for 2013-14 is pegged at 4.8 percent of GDP. The Revenue Deficit will be 3.3 percent for the same period.
• Plan Expenditure placed at Rs. 5,55,322 crore. It is 33.3 percent of the total expenditure while Non Plan Expenditure is estimated at Rs. 11,09,975 crore. The plan expenditure in 2013-14 will be 29.4 percent more than the RE of the current year i.e. 2012-13.
• Substantial rise in allocation to the social sector. Allocation for Rural Development Ministry raised by 46 percent to Rs. 80,194 crore.
• The target for farm credit for 2013-14 has been set at Rs. 7,00,000 crore against Rs. 5,75,000 crore during the current year.
• Rs. 10,000 crore earmarked for National Food Security towards the incremental cost.
• Education gets Rs. 65,867 crore, an increase of 17 percent over RE for 2012-13.
• ICDS gets Rs. 17,700 crore. This is 11.7 percent more than the current year.
• Drinking water and sanitation will receive Rs. 15,260 crore. Rs. 1,400 crore is  being provided for setting up water purification plants to cover arsenic and fluoride affected rural areas.
• Health and Family Welfare Ministry has been allotted Rs. 37,330 crore. National Health Mission will get Rs. 21,239 crore which epresents 24.3 percent over the RE.
• The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) will receive Rs. 14,873 crore as against RE of Rs. 7,383 crore in the current year.
• Defence has been allocated Rs. 2,03,672 crore.
• Rs. 3,511 crore have been earmarked to Minority Affairs Ministry, 60 percent higher than RE for 2012-13. 2
• The Government will encourage Infrastructure Debt Fund (IDF) and allow some institutions to raise tax free bonds upto Rs. 50,000 crore which is 100 percent more than the current year.
• India Infrastructure Finance Corporation (IIFC), in partnership with ADB will help infrastructure companies to access bond market to tap long term funds.
• Income limit under Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme (RGESS) will be raised from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 12 lakh.
• First home loan from a bank or housing finance corporation upto Rs. 25 lakh entitled to additional deduction of interest upto Rs. 1 lakh.
• Proposal to launch Inflation Indexed Bonds or Inflation Indexed National Security Certificates to protect savings from inflation.
• On oil and gas exploration policy, the Budget proposes to move from the present profit sharing mechanism to revenue sharing. Natural gas pricing policy will be reviewed.
• On coal, the Budget proposes adoption of a policy of pooled pricing.
• Benefits or preferences enjoyed by MSME to continue upto three years after they grow out of this category.
• Refinancing capacity of SIDBI raised to Rs. 10,000 crore.
• Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) for textile to continue in 12th Plan with an investment target of Rs. 1,51,000 crore.
• Rs. 14,000 crore will be provided to public sector banks for capital infusion in 2013-14.
• A grant of Rs. 100 crore each has been made to 4 institutions of excellence including Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).
• New taxes to yield Rs. 18,000 crore.
• A surcharge of 10 percent on persons (other than companies) whose taxable income exceeds Rs.1 crore have been levied.
• Tobacco products, SUVs and Mobile Phones to cost more.
• Relief of Rs. 2000 for the tax payers in the first bracket of 2 to 5 lakhs.
• ‘Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme’ launched for recovering service tax dues.
• Rs. 9,000 crore earmarked as the first installment of balance of CST compensations to different States/UTs.

Highlights of Railway Budget 2013-14

67 new Express trains to be introduced

  • 26 new passenger services, 8 DEMU services and 5 MEMU services to be introduced.
  • Run of 57 trains to be extended.
  • Frequency of 24 trains to be increased.
  • First AC EMU rake to be introduced  on Mumbai suburban network in 2013-14.
  • 72 additional services to be introduced in Mumbai and 18 in Kolkata.
  • Rake length increased from 9 cars to 12 cars for 80 services in Kolkata and 30 services in Chennai.
  • 500 km new lines, 750 km doubling, 450 km gauge conversion targeted in 2013-14.
  • First ever rail link to connect Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Some Railway related activities to come under MGNREGA.
  • For the first time 347 ongoing projects identified as priority projects with the committed funding.
  • Highest ever plan outlay of Rs. 63,363 crore.
  • Loan of Rs. 3000 crore repaid fully.
  • A new fund-Debt Service Fund set up to meet committed liabilities.
  • Freight loading of 1047 MT, 40 MT more than 2012-13.
  • Passenger growth 5.2% in 2013-14.
  • Gross Traffic Receipts – Rs. 1,43,742 crore i.e. an increase of 18,062 crore over RE, 2012-13.
  • Dividend payment estimated at Rs. 6,249 crore.
  • Operating Ratio to be 87.8% in 2013-14.
  • Supplementary charges for super fast trains, reservation fee, clerkage charge, cancellation charge and tatkal charge marginally increased.
  • Fuel Adjustment Component linked revision for freight tariff to be implemented from 1st April 2013.
  • Enhanced reservation fee abolished.
  • Elimination of 10797 Level Crossings (LC) during the 12th Plan and no addition of new LCs henceforth.
  • Introduction of 160/200 kmph Self Propelled Accident Relief Trains.
  • ‘Aadhar’ to be used for various passenger and staff related services.
  • Internet ticketing from 0030 hours to 2330 hours.
  • E-ticketing through mobile phones.
  • Project of SMS alerts to passengers providing updates on reservation status.
  • Next –Gen e-ticketing system to be rolled out : capable of handling 7200 tickets per minute against 2000 now,  1.20 lakh users simultaneously against 40,000 now.
  • Introduction of executive lounge at 7 more stations: Bilaspur, Visakhapatnam, Patna, Nagpur, Agra, Jaipur and Bengaluru.
  • Introduction of ‘Azadi Express’ to connect places associated with freedom movement.
  • Four companies of women RPF personnel set up and another 8 to be set up to strengthen the security of rain passengers, especially women passengers.
  • 10% RPF vacancies being reserved for women.
  • 1.52 lakh vacancies being filled up this year out of which 47000 vacancies have been earmarked for weaker sections and physically challenged.
  • Railways to impart skills to the youth in railway related trades in 25 locations.
  • Provision of portable fire extinguishers in Guard-cum-Brake Vans, AC Coaches and Pantry Cars in all trains.
  • Pilot project on select trains to facilitate passengers to contact on board staff through SMS/phone call/e-mail for coach cleanliness and real time feedback.
  • Provision of announcement facility and electronic display boards in trains.
  • Providing free Wi-Fi facilities on several trains.
  • Upgrading 60 stations as Adarsh Stations in addition to 980 already selected.
  • Introduction of an ‘Anubhuti’ coach in select trains to provide excellent ambience and latest facilities and services.
  • 179 escalators and 400 lifts at A-1 and other major stations to be installed facilitating elderly and differently-abled
  • Affixing Braille stickers with layout of coaches including toilets, provision of wheel chairs and battery operated vehicles at more stations and making coaches wheel-chair friendly.
  • Centralized Catering Services Monitoring Cell set up with a toll free number (1800 111 321)
  • Complimentary card passes to recipients of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna & Dhyan Chand Awards to be valid for travel by 1st Class/2nd AC.
  • Complimentary card passes to Olympic Medalists and Dronacharya Awardees for travel in Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains.
  • Travel by Duronoto Trains permitted on all card passes issued to sportspersons having facility of travel by Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains.
  • Facility of complimentary card passes valid in 1st class/2nd AC extended to parents of posthumous unmarried awardees of Mahavir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, President’s Police Medal for Gallantry and policy medal for Gallantry.
  • Policy Gallantry awardees to be granted one complimentary pass every year for travel along with one companion in 2ndAC in Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains.
  • Passes for freedom fighters to be renewed once in three years instead of every year.
  • Setting up of six more Rail Neer bottling plants at Vijayawada, Nagpur, Lalitpur, Bilaspur, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.
  • Setting up of a multi-disciplinary training institute at Nagpur for training in rail related electronics technologies.
  • Setting up of a centralized training institute at Secunderabad–Indian Railways Institute of Financial Management.
  • Five fellowships in national universities to be instituted to motivate students to study and undertake research on Railway related issues at M.Phil and Ph.D. levels.
  • Fund allocation for staff quarters enhanced to Rs. 300 crore.
  • Provision of hostel facilities for single women railway employees at all divisional headquarters.
  • Provision of water closets and air conditioners in the locomotive cabs to avoid stress being faced by loco pilots.


Resentment among Muslims against Congress

Jaipur:  The Forum for Muslim Studies & Analysis (FMSA), Aligarh held a press conference today at Press Club, Jaipur to elaborate on their plans of holding one day peaceful Dharna on Badi Chopar, Jaipur from 9 am to 3 pm on 16th January, 2013. Jasim Mohammad said that it is noteworthy that eminent film director and Humanist Mahesh Bhatt will lead the Dharna.

Detailing about the dharna and future strategies, FMSA Secretary General, Jasim Mohammad said, “The Central Government and Rajasthan government are continuously not only ignoring the problems faced by the Muslim community but also damaging their mother tongue Urdu.

 Jasim Mohammad said that the Jamia Urdu Aligarh was providing education to the deprived classes of India through Urdu medium since 1939 and its degrees were recognized by the Board of Secondary Education, Rajasthan government since 1958 but suddenly the Congress Led Gehlot government withdrew its equivalency in 2010. He said that despite Muslims supporting Congress in state during elections, Rajasthan government has not recruited a single Urdu teacher the Muslim students are not receiving scholarship.

Likewise the Union government is continuously ignoring the issue of granting minority status to the Aligarh Muslim University and is forcing it to adopt National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). He said all these steps will lead the Muslim community to subjugation.

Jasim Mohammad declared that the FMSA will hold dharna in support of 15th Point Demands in which 11 are concern with the Congress led Gehlot government on Wednesday, 16 January, 2013 at Badi Chopar, Jaipur, Rajasthan to draw the attention of the government and if the grievances are not addressed then another dharna will be held on March 2013, Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

Jasim Mohammad said Rajasthan Government has constituted Waqf Board, hajj committee and Minority Commission just three month back whereas the fact is that Assembly Election are due in Nov, 2013 and Code of Conduct will be enforced six month earlier. Where is the time left for actual work? He questioned.

Elaborating on their future plans, he said Forum will launch a sustainable agitation through its various means on national level and will compel the government to settle the wrong dones to the community. He told that Dharna will be joined by many political parties also like BSP, Lok Jan Shakti Party, Samajwadi Party apart from other social and intellectual organizations of Rajasthan.

Vice President N. Jamal Ansari said that Muslim dalits are unablr to get fruits of reservation whereas their brothers are getting it. So the central government should bring the muslim dalits also under perview of Article 341 like sikh and bodh dalits, he said that the Rajasthan & Central government both would be warned through proposed dharna on Wednesday, 16th January 2013 to face the consequences of ignoring Muslim interest in the forth comining 2013 assembly Election of rajasthan and 2014 Parliamentry Elections wherein Congress will routed.

Gujral: Gentleman politician who sought peace with neighbours

Inder Kumar Gujral was India’s prime minister for a brief 11 months in 1997-98. But the mild-mannered, soft-spoken politician, whose personality flew against the political archetype, will be remembered primarily for his keen interest in protecting and promoting India’s external interests and the eponymous Gujral Doctrine – his mantra for India’s neighbourhood policy when he was external affairs minister twice in a decade.

The quintessential Congress member who later left the party to join the Janata Dal after differences with former prime minister Indira Gandhi over her autocratic ways, Gujral died, at the age of 93, as quietly and gracefully as he had exited the political stage two decades ago.

In a way reflective of the man, who came to Delhi from Pakistan in the traumatic post-partition period, the Gujral Doctrine advocated magnamity towards small neighbours in the interest of regional peace and progress.

“The logic behind the Gujral Doctrine was that since we had to face two hostile neighbours in the north and the west, we had to be at ‘total peace’ with all other immediate neighbours in order to contain Pakistan’s and China’s influence in the region,” said Gujral in his autobiography “Matters of Discretion”.

Derided as a weak and conciliatory policy at the time when reciprocity was still the ruling mantra at South Block, the principle was nevertheless carried forward by successive governments. It helped change mindsets and improved India’s ties with its neighbours through the years.

Gujral said: “When I finally demitted office (as prime minister) in March 1998, I had the satisfaction that India’s relations with all its neighbours were not only very healthy but also, to a large extent, the elements of mistrust and suspicion had evaporated.”

Gujral headed the external affairs ministry through two crucial periods (1989-90 and 1996-97) under first prime minister V.P Singh and then H.D. Deve Gowda. He helped steer India through the crises of the early 1990s, when India was making the difficult adjustment to the end of the Soviet Union, and the oil shock administered by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait (both important oil suppliers to India).

The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) was being negotiated during his second term and his period as prime minister. Despite strong international pressure, India refused to sign the unequal treaty as banning future tests would have closed India’s nuclear option.

The invasion of Kuwait not only disrupted India’s oil supplies but, more importantly, left almost 200,000 Indians stranded in the region. Gujral flew to Moscow, Washington and Baghdad and obtained assurances on oil supplies from Moscow. In Baghdad he was greeted by Iraqi president Saddam Hussain with a hug. Gujral was pilloried by the Western and sections of the Indian media for that but the visit ensured that the Indians stranded in Baghdad and Kuwait were allowed to be evacuated when “others were being held as guests”.

Gujral, whose prime ministerial stint in 1997-98 included three months as interim prime minister, was described by many as a “gentleman politician”. His elevation to the prime minister’s post came when he emerged as the consensus candidate of the fractious United Front after Sitaram Kesri, then party president, withdrew Congress support to the H.D. Deve Gowda government.

Just eight months later, the Congress demanded that the DMK ministers be dropped over allegations against the DMK in the Jain Commission Report on the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. Gujral stood his ground and instead tendered his resignation leading to elections.

Gujral revealed in his autobiography that in the general elections after the first NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee fell by just one vote in parliament, Congress president Sonia Gandhi offered him a Congress nomination for the polls.

“In case, I did not wish to contest, she told me that she would back my entry to the Rajya Sabha. However, I decided that having held the position of the prime minister of India, I must refrain from switching parties and call it a day gracefully.”

Inder Gujral was born Dec 4, 1919 in the town of Jhelum on the banks of the river of the same name, now in Pakistan. His parents were freedom fighters and members of the Congress but Gujral was drawn to the students wing of the Communist Party of India.

He was sent to Lahore Borastal Jail for organising a demonstration.

He met his wife Sheila when they were both students at Forman Christian College and he was pursuing a master’s degree in economics. They were married in May 1945 and had two sons and a daughter. A well known poet and social worker, Sheila Gujral died on July 11, 2011.

Gujral came to Delhi after the 1947 partition and got involved in local politics, becoming closer to the Congress. He was nominated vice president of the New Delhi Municipal Council in 1958.

In 1964 he was elected to the Rajya Sabha with Indira Gandhi’s backing. Three years later, in 1967, she made him minister of state for parliamentary affairs and communications. He became a part of Indira Gandhi’s ‘kitchen cabinet’ together with Congressmen like Dinesh Singh and Uma Shankar Dixit.

When Emergency was imposed in 1975, he was the information and broadcasting minister. But he soon fell foul of Sanjay Gandhi and was relegated to the planning ministry. When his Rajya Sabha term ended a year later, Indira Gandhi sent him to Moscow as India’s ambassador (1976-80) “since he refused to bow down to the de facto powers (read Sanjay Gandhi)”.

He left the Congress after his stint in Moscow, later joining the anti-Congress Janata Dal. He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1989 from Jalandhar in Punjab, re-elected in 1998 when he was interim prime minister but he decided not to contest the 1999 elections, choosing to retire from electoral politics.

Talking about his brief prime ministerial stint, Gujrat said: “…my main task had been to ward off attacks from various factional leaders so that I could keep my chin up. But I really did not feel a sense of achievement that I did during my tenure as minister of external affairs.”

He spent his last decade writing and speaking largely on foreign policy issues and was much sought after in intellectual and academic circles.

Cabinet to decide setting up of National Investment Board

New Delhi: The union cabinet will decide on the proposal to set up a National Investment Board (NIB) that would monitor and advise ministries on expediting projects entailing investments of more than Rs.1,000 crore, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said Friday.

Replying to questions in the Lok Sabha, Chidambaram said a cabinet note on the NIB to be headed by the prime minister had been circulated. “The cabinet’s decision will be final.”

He said there were over 100 projects, each involving investment of Rs.1,000 crore or more, that had been delayed for various reasons.

“Our problem is not conceptualising projects. Our problem lies in getting numerous clearances and getting the projects off the ground within a reasonable time,” the finance minister said.

“The NIB will monitor projects, advise ministries and help ministries concerned take a decision,” he added.

Chidambaram said similar arrangements were in place in countries like Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

He said the NIB would be an equivalent to a Cabinet Committee on Investments and it will not in any way be a substitute to the existing Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB).

Three days back, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took stock of the performance of key infrastructure sectors and pushed for completion of railways, roads and ports projects that are vital for reviving economic growth.

Chidambaram’s statement came a day after he made a similar statement though a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

It said, “A proposal is under consideration for constitution of a cabinet committee with Prime Minister as the chairman to expedite decisions on approvals/clearances for implementation of projects. It is expected that the government would take an early decision on the proposal.”

Earlier in October, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan had said that her ministry had some reservations on the NIB.


Rs.493 crore fraud: More drafts, land detected

New Delhi: Bank drafts of over Rs.19 crore and an ill-gotten property in Maharashtra were detected during the on-going probe into the Rs.493 crore fraud by investment company Stock Guru India, police said Tuesday.

The fresh seizures followed questioning of accused Ulhas Prabhakar Khaire, 33. He and his wife Raksha J. Urs, 30, were arrested from Ratnagiri in Maharashtra earlier this month.

Recently, their interrogation led the investigators to bank drafts worth Rs.19.96 crore and a plot which they had bought from investors’ money. The recoveries were made from various places in Ratnagiri and Mumbai, police said.

“We have also seized high-value watches which could be used for video recording, and seven fancy vehicles, toy pistols and some spy equipments from their possession,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Economic Offences Wing) Sandeep Goel.

Some of the other items that were recovered from the couple’s possession included 18 PAN cards, currency counting machine, printing machine, passports, debit, ATM and credit cards of various banks, cheque books and mobile phones.

Raksha is in judicial custody and Ulhas is in police custody till Dec 3.

Police have so far seized properties and articles worth Rs.83 crore from the couple alleged to have committed the fraud by cheating two lakh people by luring them to invest in their firm.

The officer said Ulhas and Raksha had cheated many people in Ratnagiri as well by launching four new companies that dealt with various businesses, including training people to get into the tinsel world.

“We also recovered 20 contact lenses which Ulhas used to cheat people by changing his looks. We also found spy cameras, mobile jammers and other equipment from his properties and rented premises,” Goel said.

Goel said the couple had finalised the script and director for producing a Marathi movie and had advertised that they would train actors and actresses.

According to the officer, the couple was active in Delhi in the past one year and ran away from the city in February with the investors’ money.

The couple was also involved in several other cases of cheating, forgery and fraud in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim and Maharashtra, Goel said.

Pawan Hans to start chopper services to UP Buddhist circuit

New Delhi: State-owned chopper operator Pawan Hans, in association with Uttar Pradesh tourism, is planning helicopter services to places of Buddhist interest.

The civil aviation ministry in a statement Tuesday said Pawan Hans recently conducted a detailed study in Uttar Pradesh to connect destinations in the Buddhist circuit by helicopter services in the near future.

Pawan Hans launched its first service between Vrindavan and New Delhi Monday.

“In Delhi, the service will be available from Indira Gandhi International Airport terminal 1-D. The one-way ticket per passenger will be Rs.3,900 and return fare is kept as Rs.7,000,” the statement said.

Currently, Pawan Hans has a mix fleet of about 50 choppers that caters to clients from diverse sectors.

The company is successfully operating chopper services to several pilgrim centres, including Mata Vaishno Devi, Kedarnath, Badrinath and Amarnath.

It is also operating services in Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the Lakshadweep, and plans to start services in Himachal Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh shortly.