AAI INTRODUCES KASHMIRI LANGUAGE AT AIRPORT  

March 31, 2010

In a landmark development the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to introduce Kashmiri language for the announcements of flight departures and arrivals at Srinagar International Airport in addition to English and Hindi.      SRINAGAR Mar 30: In a landmark development the Airports Authority of  India (AAI) has decided to introduce Kashmiri language for the announcements of  flight departures and arrivals  at Srinagar International Airport in addition to English and Hindi.

The decision follows a demand made by Adbee Markaz Kamraz (AMK), Kashmir’s biggest and oldest literary and cultural federation. Director Airport Srinagar O P Tyagi in a communication to station mangers of all Airlines operating from Srinagar has asked them to ensure that announcement is made in Kashmiri language also in addition to English and Hindi. This he did, after receiving approval from Chairman Airport Authority of India. “The announcement in Kashmiri will start from tomorrow” confirmed PRO at Srinagar International Airport Mohammad Shafi. He said that arrangements are being finalized for that all the airline operators have been asked to implement the decision in letter and spirit.

AAI Chairman in a separate communication to AMK general secretary has conveyed the decision of introducing Kashmiri language at the airport.

It is worth mentioning here that AMK had approached the Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel for introduction of Kashmiri at the airport. Later on during its All India Kashmiri Writers Conference in Jammu on February 9, a resolution was passed in which it was impressed upon the authorities to take immediate steps in this direction. AMK had pointed out that in many states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala announcements were being made in the local languages as well.

AMK in a statement has hailed the decision and thanked the Union Minister, Chairman AAI and Director Srinagar International Airport for conceding to the demand. “It is a historic step and recognizes the importance of Kashmiri as a regional language” a spokesman of AMK said adding that there was a forward movement as for as giving due recognition to language is concerned.

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