The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday released a fresh advisory to the airlines directing them to carry newspapers and magazines in English as well as in Hindi language.

The letters issued to the airlines by the joint director general DGCA Lalit Gupta read, “Not providing Hindi reading material on board is against Indian government’s policy for official language”.

However, the letter sent out by the DGCA received huge condemnation from the opposition party, Congress.

Mocking the letter, Congress Memeber of Parliament, Sashi Tharoor said, “DGCA now wants Hindi publications served on Indian flights (together with vegetarian meals?)!”

The latest advisory comes just a month after the government operated airline Air India decided to stop serving non-vegetarian meals in economy class on all domestic flights.

Releasing a statement on this the airline said that the move was aimed at cutting down the costs.