Thursday, August 18, 2022

Plea to change call sign VT on Indian aircraft

The VT stands for Victorian Territory and Viceroy Territory which is a legacy of the British, the PTI report stated

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 A plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court asking the government to change the call sign ‘VT’ on Indian aircraft. The VT stands for Victorian Territory and Viceroy Territory which is a legacy of the British, the PTI report stated.

The plea said that the call sign or the registration code was for the identification of an aircraft and the prefix ‘VT’ was the nationality code that every aircraft registered in India was required to carry.

The petition wanted a change in the call sign in order to secure the Sovereignty of India as well as rule of law, right to freedom, and right to dignity of Indians guaranteed under the Constitution. China, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka had changed the call signs of their aircrafts immediately after independence.

“It is very unfortunate that India, even after 75 years of Independence, retains VT, the symbol of slavery”

— The petition filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay said

“The code is generally seen just before the rear exit door and above the windows. All the domestic airlines have the prefix, which is followed by unique alphabets that define the aircraft and who it belongs to. For example, on IndiGo planes the registration VT is followed by IDV, that is, VT-IDV,” the petition filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay said.

“In 2004, the aviation ministry approached the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to change the code but no decision has been taken so far. It is a code given to us in 1929 by British rulers, denoting us as British territory. It is very unfortunate that India, even after 75 years of Independence, retains VT, the symbol of slavery,” it said.

The Ministries of Home Affairs, Finance, Foreign Affairs, Civil Aviation, and Law and Justice have been made parties to the petition.

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Suhani Singh
Suhani Singh is a travel and hospitality professional. Her areas of interest are business development and travel advisory.

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