Off-loading of woman passenger: Inquiry sought

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.