VVIP culture needs to stop
Hours after a video went viral, wherein a woman was seen arguing with Union Minister K. J. Alphons after her flight was delayed by two hours, the former said on Wednesday that because of one person others should not be made to suffer and the VVIP culture needed to be stopped.
“I was waiting and crying, so I approached him (K. J. Alphons), thinking a minister can give a solution, as he has certain powers. I wanted a solution so that I could reach my brother’s funeral. Everyone has their own issues in life and I think for one person that should not be hampered. This VVIP culture should be stopped,” Dr. Nirala Singh, who argued with the minister, told media.
Dr. Singh, who was supposed to reach Patna to attend her brother’s funeral on Tuesday, missed her connecting flight from Kolkata to Patna as her Imphal-Kolkata flight got allegedly delayed by two hours due to closure of airspace on account of President Ram Nath Kovind’s arrival at the airport.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Alphons refuted allegations on Wednesday that a flight was delayed because of the VVIP movement at the Imphal airport.
Speaking to ANI, Alphons said, “I don’t think there is any controversy at all. I saw this lady in distress and I went up to talk to her. She said she has to attend a funeral in Patna. I told her that there is a protocol when the president or the prime minister is landing no flight can take off.”
“Apart from the prime minister and the president, there is no protocol for any minister. The woman had to talk to someone; it is fine with me that she vented her anger on me,” he said.
Following the incident, the airport director said, “Yesterday, no scheduled flight was diverted or cancelled. But three scheduled flights were delayed by around two hours due to the president of India’s flight movement.
SOURCE – BUSINESS STANDARD
VVIP visit brings Kochi to a halt, doctors miss surgeries
The extensive security arrangements put in place for Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu’s visit to Kochi on Tuesday had not only put many people to inconvenience, but also resulted in doctors missing out on critical surgeries.
Take the case of Dr Arun Oommen who works at VPS Lakeshore hospital in Kochi. He lives in Kundannoor, just 3 km from the hospital, and had to rush to the hospital to attend a patient who suffered serious head injury in an accident.
However, he was stranded for two hours because of the Vice-President’s visit. Excerpts from his Facebook post:
“I was stranded 2 hours travelling 3 kms to hospital to attend an emergency call.
All roads completely blocked for hours on account of a VVIP’s visit to Kochi. Already plagued with heavy traffic and pathetic roads these sort of political gimmicks is a real curse to us all.
The roads were filled with people cursing the VVIP and requesting him to go back. Even Ambulances could not be spared in spite of persistent howling!
Pathetic state of affairs. The police had nothing to do than being mere spectators.
It’s high time these VVIP culture is shown the door. ! Holding a whole city to ransom and causing so much hardships is totally unacceptable…
Unless we protest strongly these crap culture will continue and make us just politicians’ puppets!!
I strongly protest this atrocity!! Can anyone explain what the common people gonna gain with such show off?
If this is the way we are being treated with any VVIP visit, please… We don’t want any such visits!
SOURCE – DECCAN CHRONICLE
Woman confronts Union minister over flight delay due to VVIP arrival
Hours after a video emerged, showing a woman arguing with Union minister KJ Alphons after her flight was delayed, the minister on Wednesday clarified that he was not responsible for the delay.
According to reports on Times Now, the woman, Dr Nirala, was on her way to attend a relative’s funeral when her flight got delayed due to the arrival of the President’s flight.
Infuriated by the delay, the woman confronted the minister, who seemed to maintain his calm.
Alphons, who was waiting for the President’s arrival, denied his role in the controversy.
“I don’t think there is any controversy at all. I saw this lady in distress and I went up to talk to her. She said she has to attend a funeral in Patna, I told her that there is a protocol. When President is landing, no flight can take off,” ANI quoted the minister as saying.
The minister also clarified that the protocol is in place only for the President and the Prime Minister.
“Apart from Prime Minister and President there is no protocol for any minister. She (woman in video) had to talk to someone. It is fine with me that she vented her anger on me,” he said.
“This protocol is in place for the past 70 years and not made by this government. I tried to tell her that her flight will leave as soon as the President’s flight lands, but she was really in distress,” Alphons said.
The minister added that he “was not in favour” of protocols that encourage VIP culture and that he has also informed officials that a pilot jeep should not be assigned for him, reported PTI.
Dr Nirala, on the other hand, said she approached Alphons, “thinking a minister can do everything,” ANI reported.
“Everybody has their own life, everyone has their own time. This should not happen to anyone. This (VVIP culture) should be stopped,” she told ANI.
President Ram Nath Kovind was scheduled to reach the Manipur capital to inaugurate the Northeast Development Summit, which was expected to see the participation of several Union ministers, too.
SOURCE – TOI