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Govt says no move to grant priority landing, take off for flights carrying Governors, Chief Ministers

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New Delhi | Sunday, Aug 13 2017 IST
 
After shaking the VIP culture in the country and bidding adieu to red beacons atop VIP cars, the Modi government has said a firm no to granting the privilege of priority landing and take off for aircraft carrying Governors and Chief Ministers. ''Expansion of the list of dignitaries for priority handling of their arrivals and departures at airports may delay the other aircraft at airport or in air, which may lead to passenger inconvenience and congestion at airports and in air. This may also lead to safety concerns at airports and in airspace,'' the government told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture earlier this week. The 31-member Parliamentary panel, headed by Mukul Roy, had recommended that Governors and Chief Ministers of states should get priority landing rights at par with the President and Prime Minister. It wanted the Civil Aviation Ministry to modify the relevant rules and regulations to enable the Governors and Chief Ministers for priority landing in their own States. While denying the privilege, currently restricted only to the President and the Prime Minister, the Government said that Governors and Chief Ministers of many states travel by scheduled flights also and it would cause complications in according priority landing/take off for their flights. Earlier this month, the Government had also denied any move to extend protocol for VIPs in private airlines in the country. Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha answered in an emphatic ``No'' when asked whether the ministry had sent a notice to private airlines and other stakeholders regarding protocol to be extended to VIPs in private airlines. The Civil Aviation Ministry has been under pressure from MPs and other members of the political class that private carriers roll out the red carpet for them on the lines of the State-owned Air India. In the recent past, at least two MPs Ravindra Gaikwad and Diwakar Reddy were in the news for their alleged misbehaviour with airline staff. The lawmakers have been demanding that they should be extended privileges whenever they take flights to their destinations. UNI VT SV 1136

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