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16 March 2013

We welcome investment by foreign airlines in Indian carriers: Chaudhary Ajit Singh, Aviation Minister

We welcome investment by foreign airlines in Indian carriers: Chaudhary Ajit Singh, Aviation Minister

In a chat with ET Now, Ajit Singh, Aviation Minister, shares his views on FDI in aviation and AirAsia-Tata JV. Excerpts:

Problems with AirAsia joint venture may concern many theories. Why do not you clear the air for once and for all?

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15 September 2012

Policy change will elevate mood of the sector: Ajit Singh, Minister, Civil aviation

Policy change will elevate mood of the sector: Ajit Singh, Minister, Civil aviation

As the government takes the crucial decision of allowing foreign airlines to buy up to 49% stake in Indian airlines, civil aviation minister Ajit Singh has stolen the limelight for pushing this policy initiative within a few months of taking charge of the ministry. This much-awaitedpolicy initiative has been languishing for the past many years. In an interview to ET's Anindya Upadhyay,

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03 August 2012

No plans to privatise Air India: Chaudhary Ajit Singh

Ajit Singh'No plans to privatise Air India: Chaudhary Ajit Singh'

A parliamentary panel had hauled up his predecessor for doing a "sloppy job" on monitoring the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines. Since taking over the Civil Aviation Ministry last December, RLD chief Ajit Singh has been busy dealing with the flawed merger's repercussions, the ongoing pilot strike being the latest. In an exclusive chat with Sebastian PT, Singh discusses his roadmap for the airline's revival. Excerpts:

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10 February 2012

‘I don’t know if manifestoes influence public opinion’

drogba'I don’t know if manifestoes influence public opinion'

Rashtriya Lok Dal State president Baba Hardev Singh shares with Anil Yadav his party’s views on the polls and why he thinks that his party’s move on giving ticket to candidates having a criminal background was correct.

Why do you expect that people will vote in favour of your party in this election?

 

We are the only political party whose programme is based on the polices of Chaudhary Charan Singh.

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31 January 2012

UP govts' failure created space for new leadership: Shri Jayant Chaudhary

drogba'UP govts' failure created space for new leadership: Shri Jayant Chaudhary'

Although he is still under the shadow of his powerful politician father and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh, Jayant Chaudhary is desperate to make his own niche in the political arena of UP. The 32-year-old RLD MP from Mathura, therefore, has jumped into the fray from Mat constituency of his parliamentary seat. In a conversation with Pankaj Shah, he discusses his party's strategy for the forthcoming state poll. Excerpts:

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17 January 2012

Q&A: Ajit Singh, Union minister for civil aviation

drogba'DGCA safety audit from time to time is routine but there are no violations'

New civil aviation minister Ajit Singh says Air India will be saved but must realise it is in a service industry. He also tells Mihir Mishra & Kavita Chowdhury that private carriers should be allowed to ply abroad if there are unused country rights and he would not discriminate on safety rule enforcement between a state airline and a private one. He’s also for more private participation in establishing airports. Edited excerpts:

What are the major issues with the sector and how do you plan to resolve these?

 

Business growth for airlines will come from Tier-II and Tier-III towns and we need to do a lot of things to facilitate the growth from these areas. We also need to do a lot of route rationalisations and allow airlines to fly to these cities and towns but not at the cost of losing money. I am of the view that private participation should be taken to build these airports. We modernised some on a public-private partnership but that got stalled and we need to continue it. The Airports Authority of India does not have the money to build all the airports.

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RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary says fear over CAA-NRC real

“It’s turning out to be like a Bollywood potboiler where nobody knows who is firing the bullets,” remarked Jayant Chaudhary, vice president of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), on the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.

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