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DGCA orders airlines to carry Hindi newspapers, magazines on flights

'Not providing Hindi reading material on board is against Indian government's policy for official language,'?Lalit Gupta, joint director general of the DGCA, wrote in a letter to the airlines. Photograph: (Others)

WION Web Team Delhi, India Jul 26, 2017, 08.00 AM (IST)

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DCGA) has ordered all airlines to carry Hindi newspapers and magazines on all flights. 

"Not providing Hindi reading material on board is against Indian government's policy for official language," Lalit Gupta, joint director general of the DGCA, wrote in a letter to the airlines.

In response, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor took to Twitter. "DGCA now wants Hindi publications served on Indian flights (together with vegetarian meals?)!" he wrote. 

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Air India recently said it would stop serving non-vegetarian food on all economy flights within the country. 

They said it was to cut costs and stop mix-ups, like the case last year where a vegetarian family was served non-vegetarian food. 

Air India will however continue to serve non-vegetarian food in business class and on all international flights. 

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