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New Fashions in Indian Airlines

New Fashions in Indian Airlines (From a Special Correspondent) EVER since the former chief of the Indian Air Force took charge as Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Airlines, economy-mindedness has proceeded at a sizzling rate in the airlines. The new chief executive became an instant hero with the establishment by virtue of the tough line he adopted to beat down the employees. The toughness was justified, with much nodding of approving heads from the sidelines, on the ground of elimination of 'wasteful' practices. Other modalities for eliminating 'wasteful' practices have followed. In the past, Indian Airlines had proclaimed that it would serve the cause of national integration by connecting places in backward regions as well as those with poor means of surface communications with the other parts of the country, even though such connections might not be justified in commer cial terms. Pursuant to this declaration, many services were opened to remote and out-of-the-way centres, including, for example, the service to Port Blair. Since, under the new dispensation, 'wasteful' practices are to be shorn, there is no longer any talk of social responsibilities and the need to open up backward regions. Fashion has changed with the Union Government, so it has with Indian Airlines. Beginning with the new fiscal year, many of the long-established connections, including the one to the Andamans, have been suspended.

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