Lucknow: JD (U) president and former civil
aviation minister Sharad Yadav on Wednesday said the state-owned
Pawan Hans helicopter service was not working properly and the
organisation should be revamped.
"Pawan Hans is not working properly and the government
should revamp the organisation," Yadav told reporters here on
a question on recent accidents involving Pawan Hans choppers.
Alleging laxity on the part of Directorate General of
Civil Aviation, the JD-U leader said it should function more
"Certainly there was some lapse...without it accidents
don`t take place," he said.
He said it is DGCA`s responsibility to ensure proper
maintenance of aircraft and choppers.
Arunachal Pradesh CM Dorjee Khandu along with four others
went missing after his Pawan Hans helicopter, which departed
from Tawang at 10:56 am failed to arrive in Itanagar at its
scheduled 11:30 am landing time on April 30. The chopper
wreckage was found today along with three bodies.
In another incident, 17 people were killed when a Pawan
Hans helicopter, carrying 23 passengers to Tawang from
Guwahati, went up in flames and crashed near the Tawang civil
helipad in Arunachal Pradesh on April 19.
On Air India pilots` strike, Yadav said the Centre should
start talk process with the agitators.
"The government should start talks with the striking
pilots immediately and the Prime Minister should intervene,"
he said, alleging that private operators were given benefit at
the cost of AI.
Meanwhile, Yadav alleged that commodity exchange was
responsible for the short supply of food grain in the market
and demanded that it should be closed.
"It is due to commodity exchange that food grains are
not reaching the markets and it has disturbed the supply
cycle. It should be closed immediately," Yadav told reporters
He alleged that in Uttar Pradesh 27 lakh hectare
fertile land was being acquired for various purposes including
special economic zones and expressways.
"Acquisition of fertile land should be stopped," he
Yadav said that government policies were responsible
for price rise as it has allowed private players to procure
He said that there were two major issues facing the
country -- corruption and price rise.
"In CWG more than one lakh core was spent on an event
of four days. I had said in the past that the organising CWG
would lead to limitless scams," he said.
The JD-U leader said the party would raise the issue
of Adarsh Society case in the next session of the Parliament.
"It is unfortunate that not a single flat was allotted
to the kin of a single Kargil martyr, though the building was
constructed for them," he said.
Attacking BSP government in UP, he said that it was a
perfect example of how autocracy can be established by using
"There is no meaning of cabinet and legislature here.
Situation is very difficult in UP," he said.
Yadav said that his party would contest the
forthcoming UP Assembly elections with full force.
On being asked about seat sharing with NDA ally BJP,
he said that it would be decided later.