Tuesday, August 13, 2019

No compromise on passenger safety: Puri

New Delhi: Union civil aviation minister on Saturday said there would be no compromise on the safety of passengers and stressed that the narrative that airfares were shooting up was wrong. Speaking at the 12th International Conference-cum-Awards on civil aviation and cargo hosted by the Assocham, Puri also said an alternative mechanism was worked out to look into the disinvestment process of state-owned Air India.

He lauded the Union budget and said there was already 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in several areas of the civil aviation sector but the budget had pointed out two specific sectors for FDI — maintenance and repair and leasing.

Puri said he was currently working on a 100-day programme and a five-year vision document for both the housing and urban affairs and the civil aviation ministries.

He said his instructions to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) was not to compromise on security.

“The DGCA knows its job. I do not know what the DGCA had been doing earlier, but as far as I am concerned, my instructions are simple on safety that there should be no compromise.
12/08/19 Ronald Lewis/Stock News Brief

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