NATIONAL AIR SPORTS POLICY

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has released a draft National Air Sports Policy (NASP) that will require entities providing these services and their equipment to be registered, as well as be liable for penalties.

Important points:

  • The policy proposes a two-tier governance structure for air sports in the country, which will include an apex governing body called the Air Sports Federation of India (ASFI) and associations for each air sport.
  • The ASFI will be an autonomous body under the Ministry of Civil Aviation and will represent India at the Lausanne (Switzerland)-headquartered Fédération Aéronaautique Internationale (FAI) and other global platforms related to air sports.
  • It will provide governance over various aspects of air sports, including regulation, certification, competitions, awards and penalties, etc.
  • Each air sports association will lay down its safety standards for equipment, infrastructure, personnel and training, and specify the disciplinary actions to be taken in case of non-compliance. Inability to do so may lead to penal action by the ASFI.
  • It is proposed that popular air sports attractions in the country such as Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh, Gangtok in Sikkim, Hadapsar in Maharashtra and Vagamon in Kerala can be declared as a “control zone” for air sports in order to ensure the safety of other manned aircraft.

Objectives:

  1. The vision of the policy is to make India one of the top air sports nations by 2030.
  2. It envisages to promote the country’s air sports sector, by way of making it safe, affordable, accessible, enjoyable and sustainable.
  3. The policy seeks to leverage India’s potential for air sports and places a strong focus on ensuring international best practices in safety.
  4. It aims to promote domestic design, development and manufacturing of air sports equipment under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan; waive import duty on equipment for a few years; as well as request the GST Council to consider rationalising the GST rate on air sports equipment to 5% or less.

SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT

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