A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Delhi High Court, seeking a direction to the Center to replace the call sign ‘VT’ written on Indian aircraft, saying it is ‘Victorian Territory and Viceroy’s Territory’. ‘, which is a legacy of the British Raj. , In the PIL, petitioner BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay submitted that being a ‘sovereign socialist secular democratic republic’, the call sign ‘VT’ is contrary to the rule of law, the right to liberty and the dignity of Indians guaranteed under Articles. 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution.
The prefix ‘VT’ stands for ‘Victorian Territory and Viceroy’s Territory’, which is the nationality code that every aircraft registered in India is required to carry. The code is usually seen just before the rear exit door and above the windows. All domestic airlines have a prefix followed by unique letters that define the aircraft and who it belongs to. For example, IDV after registration VT on IndiGo flights, i.e. VT-IDV, for Jet, it is VT-JMV, the petition said.
It further said that the prefix marks that the aircraft is registered in the country and it is mandatory in all countries. The registration of the aircraft is required to be shown in its certificate of registration and an aircraft can have only one registration in one jurisdiction.
The PIL states that before the partition in 1929, Britain had prescribed the prefix ‘VT’ for India. The British set the code for all colonies starting with V. However, countries like China, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka changed their codes later. , Whereas in India, the prefix remains on the aircraft even after 93 years, which violates the right to dignity of citizens.
Registration is in accordance with international laws and each aircraft must specify which country and airline it belongs to, using a unique alpha-numeric code, which is of five characters, which is in the case of IndiGo, VT-IDV And for Jet, it’s VT. -JMV. Simply put, the call sign or registration code is for identification of the aircraft.
The petitioner submitted that the registration number of Indian aircraft marks the legacy of the ‘British Raj’. The ‘VT’ code is a reflection of the colonial rule. India being a sovereign country, therefore cannot be the territory of the Viceroy. Why does India continue with the VT code? The government’s efforts to change the registration code have been fruitless.
In 2004, the Ministry of Aviation approached the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to change the code but no decision has been taken so far.
The petitioner submitted that the call sign ‘VT’ was assigned to India during the International Radiotelegraph Convention of Washington signed in Washington on November 27, 1927. Like India, each country has a one- or two-character alphanumeric code for identification. airplane. Like US has ‘N’, UK has ‘G’, UAE has ‘A6’, Singapore has ‘9th’, etc. According to the World Factbook placed on the website of cia.gov, these codes indicate the nationality of civilian aircraft.
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