The Civil Aviation Ministry has tied itself up in knots trying to defend a directive of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) asking private airlines to extend special privileges to MPs.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation issued a statement saying that it has not given any instruction to the private airlines to extend facilities to MPs.
Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said no “fresh guidelines” have been issued in this regard. He added that there may have been a circular in 2007. “I am not aware what exactly it says,” he said.
The Centre went into damage control after reports of DGCA proposal to formulate protocol guidelines for private airlines that extend special privileges to MPs including escorts from the entrance, priority check-in, advance notice of flight delays and immigration clearances.