Former Gujarat governor Kamla Beniwal spent 277 hours in air travel at govt expanses

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Ahmedabad, July 31: The latest exposure has put the former Gujarat governor Kamla Beniwal in a tight spot.

As per the internal records revealed by the Gujarat Bhawan, Beniwal took undue advantage of the government aircraft, accorded to her, by spending too much hours in her air travel.

As per a report published in India Today, in 2011-12, Beniwal spent 83 hours in flying, in 2012-13, 91 hours of flying and in 2013-14, 102 of flying.

She went outside Gujarat 63 times in her three-year tenure as Gujarat governor. Most of her air trips are reported to be towards her home state Rajasthan and she used to travel Jaipur in govt aircraft.

She visited Jaipur 53 times and Delhi 10 times, the report said.

Surprisingly, she stated that all her visits were 'official' so that she could utililse the government-provided facilities without any expanses.

In 2010, she went outside Gujarat 497 times and her each travel expanse was reported to be Rs 1.5 crore.

Beniwal used to travel in state aircraft- 9 seater Super King Beechcraft 200, that was bought in 1999 at the cost of Rs 19 crore.

The report also said that the Gujarat government is likely to purchase a new aircraft at the cost of over Rs 100 crore with the seating capacity of 12-15 people and it will be equipped with higher safety standards and better amenities.

It should be noted that 87-year-old Beniwal was not at good terms with the former chief minister of Gujarat and PM Narendra Modi over issues like Lokayukta and some laws, during her entire tenure as the state governor.

As a result, she was transferred to Mizoram as its governor and was replaced by OP Kohli.

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