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Friday, February 1, 2013
THE ARMED FORCES CONCESSION IN CERTAIN PVT AIRLINES IS SHAMEFUL & A FARCE
I had been to Pune airport to get reservation for a flight I wanted to take
and ventured out to check out the 'ARMED FORCES CONCESSION' that every Airline
BOAST THEY DO.
had actually gone to clarify certain issues and also thought I would book it
there, as I was NOT able to check out the requisite details on the
I WAS INFORMED, THAT CONCESSION TICKETS CAN ONLY (ONLY) BE BOOKED ON
I was not able to ascertain the concession I get,
them what was the concession I can
expect. They informed me that it was 50% of the BASE FARE. I stated
that I wanted
to know in terms of money; what I can
noticed that they were VERY RELUCTANT TO LET ME KNOW THE SAME, AND STATED IT
CAN BE SEEN ONLY IN THE NET. When I insisted that I need to speak to some higher
officials, I was informed by INDIGO, that the BASE
FARE OF THE TKT I WANTED WAS
Rs 200/- (YOU DON'T BELIEVE IT, DO YOU. BUT YES IT WAS Rs 200 AND SO I, A PROUD
VETERAN, GET A CONCESSION OF Rs 100 (YES, ONE HUNDRED Rupees) I THINK IT IS
SHAMEFUL, FOR; PEOPLE TIP
THEIR BEARERS MORE THAN THAT.
same was the reply from SPICE JET, WHO ALSO OFFERED ROUGHLY THE SAME
INDIA HOWEVER STATED IT WAS Rs 500/- FLAT ON EVERY TICKET.
this Rs 100/- is the concession today, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT THIS
BELITTLING OF THE FORCES BE STOPPED AND WE ASK THE AIR COYS NOT (NOT) TO
ADVERTISE THE SAME BOLDLY AND PROUDLY. THEY SHOULD IN-TURN BE ASHAMED OF
OFFERING THIS TO THE FORCES. IF THEY THINK THEY ARE DOING THIS AS A SOCIAL
CAUSE, I CAN ONLY PITY THEIR JUDGEMENT.
This service concession
was earlier granted by Indian Airlines (IA) primarily because the Air Traffic
Control (ATC) at airfields in forward and remote areas were manned by the Air
Force personnel. Thus this concession was a mode of not
only acknowledging and appreciating the services rendered by the Forces, but
also saved on the manpower and infrastructure that would have to be spent by
wonder why we, (the Armed Forces), cannot insist on a review of this and
justice is done, as we still man all the ATCs of remote areas incl some in
vital airbases including PUNE !!
LET THE SERVICES ASK THE COYS TO DO AWAY WITH THIS FARCE OF CONCESSION TO THE
ARMED FORCES. It is really demeaning to one who has served proudly to look for
such pittance thrown by such coys.
FOR ONE, PROMISE NOT TO AVAIL THIS CONCESSION TILL THIS IS ADDRESSED. I KNOW IT
WOULD MAKE NO DIFFERENCE TO THEM, BUT I FEEL PROUD OF THIS. I AM NOT WILLING TO
BE HURT BY THEIR TREATMENT.
strongly feel this be given wide publicity, so that everyone (both in uniform
and those out of it) be informed of this.
K Srinivas (Retired)
(Source-India of my Dreams)