Off-loading of woman passenger: Inquiry sought

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 15:57

New Delhi: Demanding "strict and immediate
action" against the guilty over off-loading of a differently-
abled professor from a Spicejet flight in Kolkata, Social
Justice Minister Wednesday met his Civil Aviation counterpart and
sought an inquiry into the incident.

"Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik
today met his Civil Aviation counterpart Ajit Singh and sought
an inquiry into the incident. Wasnik also demanded strict and
immediate action against the airline people behind the
incident," ministry officials said here.

Yesterday the Social Justice Ministry had written a
letter to the Civil Aviation Secretary demanding an urgent
probe and action against the guilty into the incident in which
Kolkata-based Professor Jeeja Ghosh - suffering from cerebral
palsy- was offloaded from a Mumbai-bound flight.

The incident took place on February 19 and the Social
Justice Minister initiated action into it after a written
complaint was received from 42 year-old Ghosh who was honoured
for her active participation in the field of rights for the
disabled people on the National Disability Day last year.

"In the meeting with the Civil Aviation Minister, Wasnik
stressed upon the fact that private airlines must be sensitive
towards the needs of differently-abled people and they must be
educated and trained for this purpose," the officials said.

During the 20-minute-long meeting, Wasnik also raised
objection over the airlines not installing `ambu-lift` by
which disabled people are physically lifted taken and brought
out of aircraft.

"As per the rules, all airlines should have ambu-lift to
facilitate unassisted entry and exit for the disabled people
from the aircraft. Most of the airlines do not have such
facility and it adds to the discomfort of disabled
passengers," the officials said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 15:57

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