MoS for parliamentary affairs Vijay Goel is desperate to overtake on PM Narendra Modi’s appeal to leaders to reject VIP culture. This was clearly witnessed on Tuesday when Mr Goel was adamant to travel on a personal coach from the boarding gate to the aircraft at Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Goel refused to share a coach with other passengers was travelling to Jaipur on IndiGo flight 6E-5098.The 14-minute-long wait at the boarding gate was put to an end when the staff arranged a separate coach for the stubborn minister.
Playing a safe game, the MoS declined having asked IndiGo staff for a separate bus. “I have no clue what you are talking about. I travel like a common man with other passengers.”
IndiGo still did not comment on its trifling deed and why it provided a separate coach to Goel.
Aviation officials reacting on the incident said there were no guidelines or privileges for an MoS and rules goes same for every person in the country.
An airport official stated, “Only the civil aviation minister is eligible for a separate coach/vehicle till the aircraft but the current minister travels with other passengers in the same bus.”
Goel’s push for a separate runway shuttle bus is quite an obvious for PM Modi’s ‘stop VIP culture’ initiative. The slam, however, seems negligible and inappropriate from a high designated statesman like Goel.