"Whatever states may demand, it is for the Centre to decide on the criteria. But that is in a prospective case. Here, you committed at the highest level. If that becomes debatable, confidence in the system begins to erode” said Ashok Gajapathi Raju
"The idea is that you divide a state during the last days of Parliament before an election, it generates a problem. And that is what has happened. That problem requires attention and I think it will come," Raju said.
India no-fly list: A draft of the proposed no-fly list was floated in May with the ministry holding internal discussions to define a ‘boundary’, crossing which an unruly passenger would be put in India's no-fly list.
"It has been decided that pilots working in an air transport undertaking shall give a 'notice period' of at least one year in respect of commanders, and six months in respect of co-pilots to the employer indicating his intention to leave the job," the DGCA said last month.
Noting that Air India has really worked well in the past few years, he said the whole idea of privatisation is to have a vibrant airline. "We don't set timelines. We have some indications within us and we hope that we will stick to it," Raju said.
A first-time MP, Raju is a senior TDP leader and hails from the royal Gajapathi family of Vizianagaram. During his stint as aviation minister, there was double-digit growth in air passenger traffic nearly every month
Khajuraho, Jan 23 (ANI): Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju today inaugurated a new terminal building at the Khajuraho Airport in Madhya Pradesh. Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chairman of Airports Authority of India R K Srivastava and other leaders and officials were present on the occasion. The new facilities at the Khajuraho Airport will allow more flights to commence their services and help bring in more visitors.The new facilities at the Khajuraho Airport will allow more flights to commence their services and help bring in more visitors. The new terminal, constructed at a cost of Rs. 91 crores, is equipped with facilities of international standard. Though it continues to handle domestic flights, it has a capacity of handling 100 international flights in future.Better air connectivity at Khajuraho will bring in more domestic and foreign tourists to see its medieval age Hindu and Jain temple complexes which are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites.