Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister for State (Independent Charge) directed Ministry of Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha to work out an arrangement for the demand of subsidized tariff flight rate for Ladakhi people.
The step was taken after the meeting of Dr. Jitendra Singh with Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, CEC on November 21 in Delhi.
Jamyang Tsering Namgyal highlighted expensive airfare and limited air transport facilities to the people of Ladakh region. He said travelling by air is not a luxury but a compulsion for Ladakhis due to the closure of two vital highways for six to seven months in winter which virtually makes it impossible for a section of society such as patients. students, pilgrims, and others to visit other parts of the country.
He further added that travelling abroad is much cheaper than travelling to Leh by air.
He requested Dr. Jitendra to act on the long pending demand of subsidized tariff, capping of the airfare or framing flat flight rate for the local people and the government employees working in the Ladakh region.