- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
Regional Air Connectivity- UDAN
What to study?
For Prelims: Key features of RCS.
For Mains: Significance, challenges and potential of RCS.
Context: Giving further fillip to Regional Connectivity in the country, 8 more routes (including 2 DoNER Routes) became functional Under Regional Connectivity Scheme/UdeDeshKaAamNagrik- UDAN scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
UDAN, launched in April 2017, is a flagship scheme of the Union Government to enable air operations on unserved routes, connecting regional areas, to promote balanced regional growth and to make flying affordable for masses.
The UDAN Scheme is a key component of the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP)which was launched in June 2016.
Objectives of the scheme:
- The primary objective of RCS is to facilitate / stimulate regional air connectivity by making it cheap and affordable.
- Promoting affordability of regional air connectivity is envisioned under RCS by supporting airline operators through: Concessions and Financial (viability gap funding or VGF) support.
The scheme gives India’s aviation sector a boost by giving a chance to small and first-time operators to be a part of the rapid growth in passenger traffic.