Air India stops free airlifting of Kashmir-bound relief material

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Srinagar: In a move that could strike a deadly blow to humanitarian works in the flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir, India’s national carrier Air India Wednesday stopped free airlifting of relief material for the survivors of the State’s worst ever deluge.
“It has been decided by the competent authority (Air India) to withdraw the free transportation of relief material to Kaahmir with effect from 8 October 2014,” the airline said in an electronic communication, Greater Kashmir reported.
Various business houses and NGOs using the services of the airline to supply relief material to the state fear that the decision will have serious effect on humanitarian work in the valley.
Because of this decision, they said all other private airlines would follow the suit, thereby affecting the much needed work in the state post the devastating floods.

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