After Yashwant Sinha’s critical piece on the Indian economy, Jayant Sinha’s article in a national daily claimed that “structural reforms” by the Modi government would create a ‘New India’.
Describing Jayant’s article as a “PIB press release”, Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram said Sinha should know that administrative changes were not structural reforms.
“For expansion of the Chandigarh International Airport, we are taking many steps. Two international flights are operating. As and when passenger load increases, you will find more frequency of international flights,” said Union Minister Jayant Sinha.
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Assuring his ministry’s help to boost regional connectivity, Sinha also discussed with Sonowal plans for constructing a twin city and a new airport in the suburbs of Guwahati.
In view of an alleged inordinate rise in air fares following disruption of train services, the chief minister also requested Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha to maintain “reasonable fare” of flights to the Northeast.
“During the disinvestment process, the government would continue to support Air India as per approved turnaround plan and would honour committed financial obligations till any further direction,” said Jayant Sinha.
“The demand for aviation in India is literally, going through the roof. The reason is aviation in India has hit rail parity… The price of flying now is equal to price of travelling in air-conditioned coaches of Indian Railways,” said Jayant Sinha.
MoS for civil aviation Jayant Sinha said, “We will sort out the issues on bilateral connectivity and see which countries we can connect within the bilateral agreements. There have to be modifications within these agreements. We will look into it.”
“When land acquisition is done, rehabilitation and resettlement plays a critical role. It requires people to be very empathetic and understanding, which in our states is a big challenge,” said Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha
Recently, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the civil aviation ministry has to explore all possibilities “as to how the privatisation of Air India can be done”.
Jayant Sinha said, “We are having another meeting soon where we will be providing further details and making sure all systems are good for the roll out.”
Airline officials said making changes in the global ticket distribution system to ensure compliance with GST would take time. Lack of clarity on certain areas pertaining to airlines business has also given rise to concerns of higher operational cost.
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Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said Air India and Indian Airlines merger in 2007 did not yield the desired strategic and operational benefits as was expected.