• Civil aviation policy: Warts apart, a credible policy

    The National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 aims to provide an eco-system for the harmonised growth of various aviation sub-sectors. The Policy is credible in that it is wide and addresses as many as 22 policy areas while still preserving and maintaining an integrated view of the sector in terms of the vision, mission and objectives outlined in it.
    Also, it is noteworthy that the policy frameworks outlined for each of the sub-sectors have consistent reference to the identified objectives in terms of establishing an integrated eco-system; enhancing ease of doing business through deregulation, simplified procedures and e-governance; ensuring safety, security and sustainability of the aviation sector, etc.
    Given the pendency of some of these issues and the associated debate, there had to be trade-offs. What was important was that adequate debate preceded the policy pronouncement and the trade-offs were identified up-front, analysed, and informed choices made through the stakeholder consultation process. The Ministry of Civil Aviation undertook extensive consultations, providing stakeholders the opportunity of sharing their perspectives and viewpoints.
    So is this a good policy document? A defining feature of a good policy is that it should be amenable to speedy and effective implementation. NCAP’s focus on making flying affordable for the masses and the release of associated implementation details for stakeholder consultation on 1st July is a good example of the policy trying to address longer-term priorities – looking beyond minor tweaks, while remaining focused on speedy implementation Ramon Humber Jersey

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