Pravasi Sangham demands tariff hike roll back

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Kozhikode, Aug 25 (UNI) The Kerala Pravasi Sangham (KPS) today urged the airline companies, including Air India and Indian, to roll back ''exhorbitant'' air tariff levied in the Gulf-Kerala sector during peak seasons.

Speaking to reporters here, KPS media convener Badusha Kadalundi said the airlines had made it a practice by hiking fare during the seasons forcing the passengers, particularly the low income group, to curtail their trips during vacations and festival seasons.

State owned firms Air India and Indian were taking a lead by announcing the fare hike, he charged.

Calling upon the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry to prevail upon the aviation firms to rescind the practice, he said the KPS would take out march to post office/passport offices in all the 14 district headquarters in the state on August 27 to press their outstanding demands, including tariff roll back.

Cancellation emigration clearance fee and an NRI University for Kerala, were among the other demands, he added.

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