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DGCA Wants More Hindi Newspapers in Flights, Congress Sees an Agenda

In a letter dated July 17, the civil aviation regulator asked all Indian carriers to “ensure that the directive is followed. Airlines should carry Hindi and English publications in equal quantities”.

Nagarjun Dwarakanath | CNN-News18

Updated:July 26, 2017, 1:17 PM IST
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Bengaluru: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a directive to airlines, asking them to carry an equal number of Hindi and English magazines and newspapers.

In a letter dated July 17, the civil aviation regulator asked all Indian carriers to “ensure that the directive is followed. Airlines should carry Hindi and English publications in equal quantities”.

“Indian flights either don’t carry Hindi newspapers and magazines or they carry them in limited numbers. This goes against the official language policy of India,” it said.

Hitting out at the DGCA, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted: “DGCA now wants Hindi publications served on Indian flights (together with vegetarian meals?)!”

Congress national spokesperson Sanjay Jha, too, opposed the directive and said, “Why has this become an issue? Have the passengers asked for Hindi newspapers and magazines?”

Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah dismissed the matter and claimed that the carriers from the Gulf countries carry more Arabic newspapers than the English ones. “Offer people a choice,” he added.

The DGCA directive is likely to fuel the war of words over the alleged imposition of Hindi after signboards at Bengaluru Metro stations were covered up.

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| Edited by: Aditya Nair
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