New Delhi, Feb 1: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday presented the Union Budget 2018 in Lok Sabha. Speaking on regional air connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik), Arun Jaitley said that Those wearing Hawai Chappals (flip flops)must fly in Hawai Jahaz (plane). Also Read - Late Arun Jaitley's Son Rohan Files Nomination For DDCA President's Post
“The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has 124 airports, we propose to expand airport capacity to 1 billion trips a year. With this step, Hawai Chappal wearing citizens will be able to take the Hawai Jahaaz,” the Finance Minister said in his budget speech. Also Read - 'Miss my Friend a Lot,' Says PM Modi on 1st Death Anniversary of Arun Jaitley; Many Political Leaders Pay Tribute
Arun Jaitley was referring to the rubber flip-flops worn by millions across the country as a metaphor for the masses. He also said UDAN scheme will connect 56 unserved airports and 31 unserved helipads. Also Read - Apart From Domestic Flights, Centre Allows 'UDAN' Regional Air Services on Select Routes With Conditions
Last year, while launching the Regional Connectivity Scheme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that he wanted to see Hawai Chappal in Hawai Jahaaz.