Private airlines told to give VIP treatment to MPs

Discussion in 'Politics & Society' started by feathers, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. feathers

    feathers Tihar Jail Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2014
    Messages:
    1,817
    Likes Received:
    844
    Location:
    india
    New Delhi, Jan 29, 2014, PTI:
    Private airlines, including the no-frill ones, have been directed by the government to ensure that special privileges, like faster security clearances and lounge access, are given to MPs in line with what Air India has been providing so far. PTI File Photo

    Private airlines, including the no-frill ones, have been directed by the government to ensure that special privileges, like faster security clearances and lounge access, are given to MPs in line with what Air India has been providing so far.

    While the protocol to accord such services to MPs have been in existence for over three years now, aviation regulator DGCA, in a fresh directive to all airlines, has pointed out that the airports and airlines were "not adhering to the guidelines on protocol norms and courtesy to be extended to Members of Parliament."

    Noting that a 2007 circular of Civil Aviation Ministry providing the guidelines and instructions in this regard, had only listed Air India, DGCA chief Prabhat Kumar also advised the Ministry "to review the order on protocol norms and courtesy for the Members of Parliament and include the names of other airlines companies including LCC (low-cost carriers)".

    The DGCA directive came after Parliament's 'Committee on Violation of Protocol Norms and Contemptuous Behaviour of government officers with member(s) of Lok Sabha', which is part of the Privileges Committee, had raised the issue with the Ministry late last year.

    The committee had said that "airports and airlines are not adhering to the guidelines on protocol norms and courtesy to be extended to the members of Parliament."Barring Air India which has been extending such courtesies to the MPs so far, the other airlines which have been instructed are Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir.

    The protocol, which is "to be followed by all concerned, including private airports and airlines", includes reserved lounge facilities, complimentary tea, coffee or water, free access in the terminal building and designation of one officer of airport as Protocol Officer to extend all facilities and courtesies to MPs, according to reply to a Lok Sabha question in August last year.

    Private airlines told to give VIP treatment to MPs

    It should not be any problem for private airlines as there are 790 MP's .
     
  2.  
  3. Blackwater

    Blackwater Veteran Member Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Messages:
    21,000
    Likes Received:
    11,833
    Location:
    Akhand Bharat
    does it also include ""Happy Ending"" by airhostess to VIPs:p:p:p:p
     
    Shredder and TrueSpirit1 like this.
  4. feathers

    feathers Tihar Jail Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2014
    Messages:
    1,817
    Likes Received:
    844
    Location:
    india
    its about faster security clearances and lounge access which is infact needed.
     
  5. Blackwater

    Blackwater Veteran Member Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Messages:
    21,000
    Likes Received:
    11,833
    Location:
    Akhand Bharat

    my point was facilities for VIPs in the lounge:eek::whistle:
     
  6. tramp

    tramp Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2009
    Messages:
    1,464
    Likes Received:
    578
    Location:
    Mumbai
    Why only MPs then? MLAs and MLCs are also people's reps and need the same rights? Why stop there? There is a three-tier panchayati raj reps also.... and they too represent the people who elected them... hope there is some resistance to this grossly unreasonable act.
     
    ladder likes this.
  7. arnabmit

    arnabmit Homo Communis Indus Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2012
    Messages:
    5,894
    Likes Received:
    5,859
    Location:
    Kolkata
    :facepalm:

    It is because of these greedy politicians that characters like AK of AAP even comes to limelight!

    But then again when AAP displays the same idiosyncrasies of just any other mainstream political parties, the real "aam admi" is left more disheartened than before.
     
    parijataka and ladder like this.
  8. Singh

    Singh Phat Cat Administrator

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2009
    Messages:
    20,305
    Likes Received:
    8,270
    Location:
    011
    Thanks to AAP's popularity, the political atmosphere of the nation has changed. The sight of Praful and the likes defending this measure is, now, indeed a sore sight.

    Expect media to highlight, all the politicians to criticise it and actually remove it.
     
  9. Singh

    Singh Phat Cat Administrator

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2009
    Messages:
    20,305
    Likes Received:
    8,270
    Location:
    011
    Yes, if there were less idiots like this, something like AAP wouldn't exist.

    But then again when AAP does something about it, few people floating on the lonely ice sloe of sanctimoniousness, get their panties in a bunch.
     
  10. feathers

    feathers Tihar Jail Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2014
    Messages:
    1,817
    Likes Received:
    844
    Location:
    india
    here we are talking about 790 MP's .
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2014
  11. feathers

    feathers Tihar Jail Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2014
    Messages:
    1,817
    Likes Received:
    844
    Location:
    india
    In a controversial move, government has asked private airlines to give special privileges such as lounge access to MPs, sparking a furore with political leaders and others denouncing it for not being in sync with the times.

    Slamming the decision, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said it reflected “a special kind of disconnect with the reality”, an apparent reference to demands for austerity from the political class.

    “To be demanding such special privileges for “VIPs” in this political atmosphere takes a special kind of disconnect with the reality,” he said on Twitter.

    Supreme Court advocate Harish Salve took a jibe at MPs, saying, “What they want is special treatment without paying for it. Alas! Habits and mindsets don’t change in a hurry.”

    “I believe the “courtesies” include jumping queues at the security. Might as well allow Lal Baatis (red beacon) on their bags also!!!”, he said on Twitter.

    He said the MPs seem to have missed seeing “Swiss president pushing his cart and standing in queue at the check.”

    “The irony is that there are a lot of MPs who live a life of simplicity. Travel by bus to Parliament. Use trains. Work for their constituents.”

    Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam said he does not support any such move. “I think it is better to travel like a common man.

    Moreover, our MPs already get executive class tickets... I feel it is not necessary.”

    While the protocol to accord such special services to MPs have been in existence for over three years now, aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation, in a fresh directive to all airlines, has pointed out that the airports and airlines were “not adhering to the guidelines on protocol norms and courtesy to be extended to Members of Parliament.”

    The protocol, which is “to be followed by all concerned, including private airports and airlines”, includes reserved lounge facilities, complimentary tea, coffee or water, free access in the terminal building and designation of one officer of airport as Protocol Officer to extend all facilities and courtesies to MPs.

    Apart from Air India which has been extending such courtesies to the MPs so far, the other airlines which have been instructed are Jet Airways and the no-frills IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir.

    However, Union minister Praful Patel, who once headed Civil Aviation Ministry, saw nothing wrong in the directive. “If an MP is given a little bit of privilege, a little bit of respect, I don’t think this should be blown out of proportion.”

    CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said he does not see anything substantial in the order as they MPs already get “special handling”.

    Govt wants airlines to give special treatment, freebies to MPs - The Hindu
     
  12. arnabmit

    arnabmit Homo Communis Indus Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2012
    Messages:
    5,894
    Likes Received:
    5,859
    Location:
    Kolkata
    Wrong. I support the idea of AAP, but I detest the likes of Bhushan & Bharati. AAP just proved that they are like any other party when they chose to protect their members over what is the right thing to do.

    If only AAP would not have gone the anarchist way and on a law-breaking spree, I would have gunned for AAP even now.
     
    parijataka and Shredder like this.
  13. A chauhan

    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2009
    Messages:
    4,928
    Likes Received:
    4,563
    Location:
    Raipur
    Re:

    I have no problems with VIP culture as long as they work mala fide for us.
     
  14. parijataka

    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2011
    Messages:
    4,893
    Likes Received:
    3,688
    Location:
    Bengaluru
    Manohar Parrikar, another IIT engineer BTW, as an MLA made sure even drains in is his area were clean and fought mining mafia of Goa. Even now as CM uses his scooter on non-working days, travels economy class and has minimum security.

    No drama - just doing his work as an efficient administrator !
     
    Bangalorean likes this.
  15. Blackwater

    Blackwater Veteran Member Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Messages:
    21,000
    Likes Received:
    11,833
    Location:
    Akhand Bharat
    In India every Tom dick and Harry is VIP. Kiss kiss demand puri karoge
     
  16. Singh

    Singh Phat Cat Administrator

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2009
    Messages:
    20,305
    Likes Received:
    8,270
    Location:
    011
    1. That's reasonable. Pooshan is very left, Bharti is brash and rough.

    ===
    2. Absolutely not. They fired their Rajouri Garden constituency MLA days before election because a criminal case against him was uncovered. A seat which they would've won in my estimation.

    I don't believe (and as do I am sure other Delhites) what Bharti did was wrong re:Khirki. His post-khirki verbal guffaws are a different issue.

    Could he have handled it better ? sure but I don't think it would've made a lot of difference as the police was going to stonewall him in any case.

    Do I support racism, fascism, vigilantism, majoritarianism ? No.

    Kejriwal by not succumbing to a motivated media narrative has done right. He backed his man, when he felt he did no wrong; he backed him man even though it may mean lesser LS votes ; and he showed that he is not a man who will take actions just for the sake of votes but what he feels is right.

    Any other party, would've under media scrutiny kicked out a guy like Bharti, if elections were this close.

    ===

    3. If you are going to support, a party that plans to change status quo and challenge the established overlords, they are going to take actions which may seem or are going to be radical.

    They have already shown their proclivity for popular mass agitations . And it has worked for them. Why should they change that ?

    Just because now they have a minority govt, they should become like other parties ?

    It is easy to target a party that does things contrary to what armchair liberals is proper. And it is very easy to pontificate.

    You know what Sheila Dickshit said after Nirbhaya Rape, I demand resignation of Commissioner. Commissioner said screw you, home minister backed him up. And Sheila Dickshit had to eat humble pie.

    You know what Kejriwal did when his demands weren't met ?

    He went on a goddamn street protest and demanded action against errant police officials who let drug dens and prostitution run in Khirki, took no action against a victim of dowry and marital abuse, against cops under whose watch a foreign women was gangraped.
    And you know what happened ?
    He got his judicial probe.

    Kejriwal has said upfront, he doesn't want an office, doesn't want power.He wants to change the system not perpetuate it.
    He is a common man, and in the common man he derives strength.

    Dharna in my estimation is a very legitemate, very democratic way of protests. And in Kejriwal's estimation quite effective.

    Now if Kejriwal's methods are a form of anarchy or lawlessness or improper or unbecoming, that is your opinion and it could very well be a correct viewpoint.

    If not support AAP on this point, you have to hand it to AAP for actually changing the politics of our country.

    AAP is dictating the agenda, and BJP or Congress are busy copying them. Be it SIT demand, be it power tariffs, be it CAG audits, be it transparency, be it corruption. AAP has made the lives of politicians difficult.
     

Share This Page