PUBLIC CONSULTATION TO RECEIVING INPUTS FOR NEW CIVIL AVIATION POLICY TO CLOSE BY NOVEMBER END, SAYS ITS MINISTER

PUBLIC CONSULTATION TO RECEIVING INPUTS FOR NEW CIVIL AVIATION POLICY TO CLOSE BY NOVEMBER END, SAYS ITS MINISTER

PUBLIC CONSULTATION TO RECEIVING INPUTS FOR NEW CIVIL AVIATION POLICY TO CLOSE BY NOVEMBER END, SAYS ITS MINISTER

 

No.PR-137
November 20, 2015
New Delhi

 

PUBLIC CONSULTATION TO RECEIVING INPUTS FOR NEW CIVIL AVIATION POLICY TO CLOSE BY NOVEMBER END, SAYS ITS MINISTER
 

Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr. Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Friday announced that public consultation to receiving inputs for finalizing the new Civil Aviation Policy will come to closer on 30th of this month and therefore, urged all the stakeholders in the sector to hurry up submitting their suggestions to the government to enable it make a comprehensive policy with a life of 3 to 5 years.
 

Inaugurating the Air Cargo Summit-2015 “Towards New Horizons” under aegis of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today, the Minister informed that the earlier deadline for the job was fixed for tomorrow that is 21st of November 2015 which has been extended to end of this month to widen the basket, containing suggestions from all relevant sections so that the policy evolves into inclusiveness.  He mentioned that the summit organized by the PHD Chamber is very timely and its inputs will be considered in the final civil aviation policy.
 

“As such there is not much for cargo section in the draft new civil aviation policy that has already been thrown into public domain to attract more suggestions and inputs for it.  Even the manifestos of the political parties both national and regional usually have little space for the civil aviation as such but with increased economic activities with focus on their sustenance, the cargo sector of the civil aviation should have wider space in the new policy document and since the Air Cargo Summit 2015 of the PHD Chamber has been so timely, it would encourage the government to attend to all concerns and issues arising out of cargo segment to suitably accommodate them in the new policy document”, the Minister said without setting a deadline for the new policy to fall in public space.
 

Mr. Raju added that the purpose of the new policy would be to instill competence as it is the competence that increases efficiencies to make the airlines and civil aviation a section of larger economic activities on par with global standards.
 

Elaborating on the issue of making taxation side of civil aviation sector a little more rational and flexible, the minister offered his best efforts to accommodate this suggestion from industry, adding that usually the taxmen in the Finance Ministry are not pro-active and liberal.
 

The solution for making taxation on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) is not entirely in the domain of the Centre Government as in India’s federal polity, States also play a role in it as a recent case in example is that of Delhi Government which hiked the ATF to 25% from 20% recently, pointed out the Minister adding that economic activities, fuelling growth should not be over taxed.
 

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador of the Czech Republic Mr. Milan Hovorka offered his country’s expertise to improve the existing civil aviation infrastructure including airports in India as well demanded re-launch of direct flight between Czech and India.
 

In his welcome remarks, Senior Vice President of the PHD Chamber Dr. Mahesh Gupta demanded that the customs clearances relating to cargo should be made faster enabling the industry to grow in a smooth way.
 

Among others who participated in the summit comprised Managing Director, Auctus Advisors, Mr. Manish Chheda who prepared a Knowledge Paper for the Summit and was released on the occasion, Chairman and Co-Chairman, Civil Aviation Committee, PHD Chamber Mr. K Narayana Rao and Mr. Bhupesh Joshi; Secretary General, PHD Chamber Mr. Saurabh Sanyal and Director of the Chamber, Mr. Yogesh Srivastav.
 

ENDS.

Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal
Consultant (PR)