June 22, 2007

Vidyasagar and India's National Trust Raise the Pressure on Air Sahara

The furor over discrimination against airline passengers continues in India with 100 protesters forming a human chain at the Chennai airport:

"We've been facing discrimination from various airlines and Monday's incident was the height of it. It not only violated human rights, but also the International Civil Aviation rules," said Smitha, Assistant Coordinator – Vidyasagar, an NGO which organised the agitation.

At the heart of the conflict is the refusal of Air Sahara to serve Rajiv Rajan.

The passenger, 34–year–old Rajiv Rajan, working with an NGO called Vidyasagar, was due to fly to New Delhi on Monday morning to attend a meeting of the National Trust, a body under the ministry of social justice and empowerment, that works for disabled persons. The directorate–general of civil aviation (DGCA), the regulator in the civil aviation sector, has sought an explanation from the airline Jetlite (known till now as Air Sahara) for its refusal to board Rajiv Rajan.

Head of the National Trust, Poonam Natarajan, said that the trust would definitely take up the matter with the social justice ministry. Rajiv Rajan was travelling to New Delhi to attend a subcommittee meeting of the National Trust to decide on the issue of imparting training to persons with disabilities.

Via Disability News India - original source: http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/349

Posted by rollingrains at June 22, 2007 04:45 AM