Amid the looming political crisis, following the possible disqualification of Chief minister Hemant Soren, the Jharkhand cabinet approved a decision to hire a ₹2.06 crore chartered plane for VIP movement.
The decision is one of the 25 key proposals that have been approved by the Jharkhand cabinet, which met on Thursday.
The Cabinet has approved the proposal of getting a fixed-wing jet chartered flight service” on a nomination basis for a month for official movements of VIPs and VVIPs outside the state, principal secretary Vandana Dadel said. “The service period will be applicable from August 31,” she added.
The decision holds significance as the cabinet has called for a one-day special session of the Legislative Assembly on September 5. Jharkhand’s ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is alleging the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is attempting to poach its members of the Legislative Assembly and ministers.
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Nationalist Congress Party, and Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) are part of the alliance, also known as Mahagathbandhan.
On Tuesday, Hemant Soren’s JMM-led alliance packed its 32 MLAs, including ministers, and took them to neighbouring Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh in a chartered flight.
Four cabinet ministers – Alamgir Alam, Badal Patralekh, Banna Gupta and Rameshwar Oraon – returned to Ranchi on Wednesday to attend the scheduled cabinet meeting. They are likely to be back in Chhattisgarh, ruled by key UPA partner Congress, in a day or two.
Meanwhile, the cabinet also decided to implement the Old Pension Scheme (OPS), which provides an assured pension income for all state government employees. The old pension scheme for government employees was discontinued in the country on April 1, 2004, and the National Pension Scheme (NPS) was implemented.