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Karnataka: Rs 13.07 Crore Spent on CM's Air Travel

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BENGALURU:The state government spent Rs 13.07 crore towards air travel expenses of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah between May 13, 2013 and November 31, 2014. The government has revealed this as reply to a query filed under RTI Act by RTI activist T Narasimha Murthy. The CM used planes of Chipsan Aviation and OSS Air Management, both New Delhi-based companies as well as SpiceJet, GMR Aviation, GMP Air Charter and Deccan Charter in this period.

 

 

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