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Centre asks private airlines to give special treatment, freebies to MPs

New Delhi:  In a controversial move, government has asked private airlines to give special privileges like lounge access to MPs, sparking a furore with political leaders and others denouncing it for not being in sync
PTI January 29, 2014 18:10 IST
PTI
New Delhi:  In a controversial move, government has asked private airlines to give special privileges like lounge access to MPs, sparking a furore with political leaders and others denouncing it for not being in sync with the times.

Slamming the decision, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said it reflected “a special kind of disconnect with the reality”, an apparent reference to demands for austerity from the political class.

“To be demanding such special privileges for “VIPs” in this political atmosphere takes a special kind of disconnect with the reality,” he said on Twitter.

Supreme Court judge Harish Salve took a jibe at MPs, saying, “What they want is special treatment without paying for it. Alas! Habits and mindsets don't change in a hurry.”

“I believe the “courtesies” include jumping queues at the security. Might as well allow Lal Battis (red beacon) on their bags also!!!” he said on Twitter.

He said the MPs seem to have missed seeing “Swiss president pushing his cart and standing in queue at the check”.