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Friday, December 09, 2022

‘Sign of slavery’: PIL filed in Delhi High Court seeking change of call sign of ‘VT’ written on Indian aircraft

New Delhi: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Delhi High Court, seeking a direction to the Central Government to change the call sign ‘VT’ written on Indian aircraft to ‘Victorian Territory and Viceroy’s Territory’ .

It has been said in the petition that even after 75 years of independence, the symbol of slavery still exists today.

Petitioner Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, advocate and BJP leader submitted that Britain had prescribed the prefix ‘VT’ for India before the partition in 1929.

“The British set codes for all colonies starting with V. However, countries such as China, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka later changed their codes. While in India, the prefix remains on the aircraft even after 93 years, which insults the right to dignity of citizens,” the petition said.

The plea further states that the use of the VT symbol indicates us still being Victorian territory and Viceroy’s territory, which is true but the government refuses to change it or even attempts 75 years after independence. does not.

The petitioner contends that most of the countries which have gone through colonial slavery have got rid of their colonial signs and started a nationalist code. ‘VT’ is not a symbol of pride but a matter of shame, if we are using it even when our country is independent.

BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has further said in the petition that our Prime Minister also travels to other countries to meet world leaders in Air India One B747-437, which has VT-EVB call sign.

“Is the Prime Minister the leader of an independent democratic country or a Viceroy of the Territory? Pakistan changed its call sign to Associated Press after Partition. Similarly, the Bahamas changed the sign from ‘VP-B’ to ‘C6’ , Nepal from ‘9N’, Sri Lanka from ‘VP-C’ to ‘4R’ and Zimbabwe from ‘VP-W’ to ‘Z’.

The petition also states that the prefix ‘VT’, which is the nationality code, is required to be carried by every aircraft registered in India. The code is usually seen just before the rear exit door and above the windows. All domestic airlines have a prefix followed by unique letters that define the aircraft and what it belongs to.

As per the petition copy, “Organizations responsible for assigning call signs are International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU). In vain efforts were made in the past with regard to changing the call sign for the aircraft of our country but All was in vain, as he responded by saying that India could not get BA (India) and IN (India) as China and Italy have already taken ‘B’ and ‘I’ respectively.”

“The then Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said that because India could not find a code of its choice, it would only work with “VT”. This is absurd, as on researching call signs for various other countries, The petitioner observed that more than one country uses the same primary alphabet with different secondary letters.

“For example, Argentina, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Norway use the symbols ‘LV/LQ’, ‘LZ’, ‘LY’, ‘LX’ and ‘LN’, respectively. Similarly, Haiti, Honduras, Korea and Panama to use ‘HH’, ‘HR’, ‘HL’ and ‘HP’ respectively. The petitioner submits that some countries Canada ‘G’, China ‘B’, France ‘F’, Germany ‘G’, Also use single letters such as Italy ‘I’, United States of America ‘N’ and United Kingdom ‘G’.

“The petitioner says that if these countries can do so, then India and our former rulers can liberate us from the spirit of slavery by rejecting the call sign provided to us,” the petition said.

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