Privilege Committee of Parliament has summoned IndiGo MD Rahul Bhatia on August 30. A few more stakeholders, in addition to him, have been summoned for violating protocols by failing to provide privileges to certain parliamentarians.
What does protocol say?
In India, there is a rule that all Member of Parliament (MPs) will get some special privileges when they travel through airports on any airline. During Air India’s tenure as a government airline, certain privileges were restricted to Air India exclusively. However, after Air India’s privatization, many speculated that parliamentary privileges might cease. In 2021, the Ministry of Civil Aviation directed all airlines to continue following these protocols, ensuring that these privileges remain intact. Let us have a close look at these protocols.
All Member of Parliament (MPs) will receive priority check-in services and security clearance at airports, to avoid long queues. Lounge access should be provided to them, if available. MPs should be provided with assistance and escorts to guide them through airport procedures. MPs should have the option to sit wherever they need to. Airlines can allow MPs to carry more luggage. In some cases, if necessary, an MP should receive priority boarding and disembarkation.
IndiGo MD Rahul Bhatia Summoned
Some Lok Sabha parliamentarians complained to the Privilege Committee that there were some protocol violations by IndiGo, security agency and airport operator when they were travelling. They mentioned that the airport did not provide them with proper facilities.
The Privilege Committee has summoned Rahul Bhatia, along with a few more stakeholders for August 30 to answer some allegations by these MPs. The details of the protocol violation and where it happened are not available in public right now.
AirAsia India case
Recently, Karnataka Governor, a govt official reached late when he was boarding his AirAsia flight from Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport. The station manager and 2 ground staff members were suspended for doing their duty. Yes, you heard it right. They gave a go ahead to the aircraft to depart. After which, the governor arrived at the airport. Of course, he was not able to board the flight. His office issued notices to authorities and as part of the action, the station manager and 2 ground staff employees were suspended.
Source Credits : The Wire