LIE: Pema Khandu’s ‘Commercial’ flight to Pasighat was a ‘first’

TRUTH: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu needs to get his facts right. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has this very bad habit of making claims without any fact-checking, which ultimately turn out to be false most of the times. This time again, their party member Pema Khandu has committed the same mistake of making a false claim.

The Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister recently tweeted announcing he would be boarding the “first commercial flight” to Pasighat.

Well, for his information, the first fixed wing commercial flight to not only Pasighat but to some more airstrips of Arunachal was started in 1980s under the then Rajiv Gandhi government’s Vayudoot scheme. Even the Indian National Congress (INC) reminded Khandu of the scheme introduced by their government under the leadership of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

It tweeted saying, “Sorry! This isn’t the first commercial flight service to Arunachal, Mr @PemaKhanduBJP. Started in 1980’s, Vayudoot, a joint venture between erstwhile Indian Airlines and @airindiain, was the first”.

The Vayudoot scheme, launched in 1981, was introduced with the primary aim of connecting the north-eastern region by air. As a result of this, 15-20 flights began to operate to various north-eastern states, including Arunachal Pradesh.

Operating under the then union civil aviation ministry’s Vayudoot scheme, the service was later extended to states like Kerala, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Daman and Diu, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Lakswadeep, Maharashtra, Orissa, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, present-day Uttarakhand and West Bengal.

It is highly irresponsible of politicians to come up with such historically-incorrect statements. They represent people and have the duty of being truthful to them, but on the contrary, they coming up with such statements only lead to deceiving people.

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