PM says he used helicopters not for personal tours
Prime Minister and Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs Minister D M
Jayaratne, yesterday stated that he used the helicopters only to
participate at various religious activities in various parts of the
country, but not for his personal tours.
He made this observation yesterday, in response to a question raised
by UNP MP Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. The Prime Minister further stated
that he was invited to a number of religious ceremonies throughout the
country on a single day on some occasions and on such occasions, he used
an Air Force helicopter. He also stated that he had been advised by his
physician not to travel by air, but he had to use the services of
helicopters to participate at those ceremonies held at State level. He
further stated that he would have to use the helicopters in 2012 as
well, to participate in those religious ceremonies.