Apropos the report “5/20 aviation rule ‘anarchic’, trying to change it: Raju” (FE, April 29), it has been reported in the media that the aviation minister had remarked that he would like to have more airlines. The more, the merrier. It may be pointed out that the extant rule of ‘5/20’ make it mandatory for any airline to be already operational for five years and should have a fleet of 20 aircraft to start international flights from India. But his deep-rooted concern here is perhaps based on some hidden agenda of the government to please some well-known industrial big-wigs of the country who call the shots and need no introduction. It may be added that the government’s ‘innovative’ move was quite justifiably questioned earlier by other domestic airlines for some obvious reasons. But who cares? Needless to say that some people are more equal in India and this does not apply to our political VIPs alone. Incidentally, it is also gathered that the Congress member Shashi Tharoor has sought a review of the said rule, a creation of his own Congress-led UPA government at the centre, so that the Kerala govt (his home state) could start state airline to the gulf countries. Apparently, there is no harm in his demand, but where was he earlier?
Chief Justice of India TS Thakur broke down recently in front of PM Narendra Modi. Such downhearted assertion by the CJI himself exposes the true scenario a High Court judge faces each working day. As per statistics, there are only 10-12 judges in the country for every 10 lakh people. With steady growth of criminal cases and public interest litigations (PILs), it has become impossible for judges to adjudicate cases quickly. PM Modi has remarked that judges should omit summer holidays to “increase productivity”. Even if they do so, then also it won’t affect the proceedings considerably. The reserved seats, if unoccupied, must be opened for the general candidates to meet the requirements. The Union government must cooperate with the judiciary in filling up the seats of judges by increasing the vacancies in state judicial services examinations, instead of suggesting ways to the judges on redressing the crisis. Frequent hearings will be a boon for the sub judice cases as justice delayed is justice denied.
Shivanshu K Srivastava