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India’s civil aviation industry has taken off to new expansion era: Minister Raju

The Foundation for Aviation and Sustainable Tourism (FAST)  organised  the Seminar on Make in India: Challenges and Opportunities in Civil Aviation Sector  at the India International Centre. Minister of Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju was the chief guest and inaugurated the seminar by lighting the lamp along with Secretary Civil Aviation R N Choubey alongside others on the dias.

While welcoming the delegates, former Governor of Tripura & Chhattisgarh and President FAST Lt Gen KM Seth (Retd), emphasised that unless all the stake holders come together  and make coordinated effort, it will be very difficult to bring about transformation in the aviation sector. 

Minister Raju said that the civil aviation industry in India has ushered a new era of expansion driven by factors such as low-cost carriers (LCC), modernisation of airports, foreign direct investments (FDI) in domestic airlines, cutting edge information technology(IT) interventions and a growing emphasis on regional connectivity  and therefore we must utilise the opportunities available under the “Make in India” initiative. 

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma underlined the importance of better coordination between civil aviation and tourism sectors  in synchronising the developmental activities in both these sectors. 

Secretary Civil Aviation talked about the review of civil aviation policies and consolidation of various fragments which  will provide a roadmap towards growth of the civil aviation sector. 

After the inaugural session, detailed deliberations took place in the four business sessions – on (i) MROs, (ii) skill development and technology transfer, (iii) manufacturing and infrastructure developmental issues and (iv) upgradation of navigation and airfield systems. 

Various suggestions emerged out of these discussions for opening up to the opportunities and need to discover and invent locally along with skill development and technology transfer, to “Make in India” initiative a success. 
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