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Many VVIPs may lose straight drive to aircraft

The Narendra Modi government has quietly made a move to strip another prerogative given to the political class.

Published: 23rd April 2017 07:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd April 2017 07:53 AM   |  A+A-

(Image for representation only) An Air India Express flight at the Tiruchy International Airport | Express File Photo

NEW DELHI: After junking the red beacon—a symbol of VVIP culture—the Narendra Modi government has quietly made a move to strip another prerogative given to the political class that allows the access of their vehicles up to the tarmac of the aircraft.

Sources said the Ministry of Civil Aviation has asked the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security to send the file of persons, who have been provided the VVIP treatment at the airports. “The government is likely to prune the list and only those politicians or VVIPs, who require medical assistance, could be exempted in the new policy being worked out,” sources said.

The government may take away the privilege granted to former UP Chief Minister Mayawati, who is allowed to take her bulletproof vehicle to the tarmac. The facility provided to former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi is also up for the review. BCAS has also given the facility to former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah for Delhi and airports in his home state.

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