Friday, June 21, 2019

Change India's aircraft call sign 'VT', requests a BJP youth wing leader to aviation ministry

The aviation ministry has received a request to get rid of country code 'VT' from Indian aircraft. Sourabh Choudhary, the national general secretary of the youth wing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJYM), approached aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday and requested him to change it for the Indian aircraft.

The prefix 'VT' stands for Victorian or Viceroy Territory, which is the nationality code that each aircraft registered in India is required to carry. The code is generally seen just before the rear exit door and above the windows.

The call sign indicates the country where the aircraft is registered in and every nation is required to follow this norm. It helps air traffic control (ATC) and other authorities identify and recognise which country the aircraft belongs to, and is also able to obtain registration details based on the call sign.
Britain set the prefix 'VT' for India before the partition in 1929. 'VT' was given to all British colonies, however, countries like China, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka changed their codes later. For India, the prefix has remained on the aircraft even after 90 years.

"India even after 72 years of independence retains the symbol of slavery 'VT', use of this symbol denotes us as still being the Viceroy Territory, which does not stand true but even after 72 years of independence our government refuses to get it changed or even make an effort regarding it," Choudhary said, in a letter to the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
21/06/19 CNBC TV18
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