Thursday, April 29, 2021

Give aviation professionals priority in Covid vaccination drive, Centre to states

New Delhi: With all adults eligible to get Covid vaccination from May 1, the aviation ministry has requested all state government to consider people working in the aviation sector like airlines, airports, cargo, ground handling, fuelling, security, catering and maintenance as priority group for being given the jabs. Acting Union aviation secretary T K Pandey on Tuesday wrote to all states to seek priority for them.

“Air transportation is an essential service for unhindered movement of people and cargo. Aviation sector has been in the forefront to extend services to movement of people, essential medical cargo, including vaccines… during ongoing Covid-19 pandemic… crew, engineers, air traffic controllers, technicians, grand staff and frontline workers in aviation face significant risk while discharging their duties.

To ensure the sector continues to render essential services ot the nation, it is imperative that aviation work force s covered on priority in the vaccination programme,” Pandey’s letter says.

29/04/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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