Civil aviation policy to be cleared this month: Sharma

NEW DELHI:The National Civil Aviation Policy is ready and will be taken up by the Cabinet for approval after the Prime Minister’s return from his five-nation foreign tour.

Mahesh Sharma

Through the past week, and after seven months of consultations, the Civil Aviation Ministry had been giving its final touches to the policy, which seeks to boost regional connectivity and ease norms for new airlines to fly on international routes. However, since the policy wasn’t in final shape it couldn’t be taken up for consideration at the Cabinet meeting this week.

“It is true that the policy has faced several delays. However, we expect the policy to be taken up whenever the next Union Cabinet meeting takes place. There is no rush,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said in a telephone interview.

The ministry had considered seeking the prime minister’s permission to announce the policy and seek an ex-post-facto approval from the Cabinet later this month, senior aviation officials said.

“Now the policy will be released only after seeking the Cabinet’s approval,” a senior ministry official said.