Draft civil avi­a­tion pol­icy by Septem­ber

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The Gov­ern­ment expects to fi­nalise the re­vised draft civil avi­a­tion pol­icy by the first week of Septem­ber. The new pol­icy which has been un­der work from quite some time is an­tic­i­pated to fo­cus on im­prov­ing air con­nec­tiv­ity apart from pos­si­ble changes in over­seas fly­ing norms for lo­cal car­ri­ers.

RN Choubey, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion says, “The draft pol­icy is ex­pected to be put up for pub­lic com­ments by the first week of Septem­ber. The in­ter-min­is­te­rial con­sul­ta­tions are tak­ing time and there is noth­ing prob­lem­atic.”

Among oth­ers, the draft pol­icy pro­poses to en­hance re­gional air con­nec­tiv­ity, ra­tio­nalise jet fuel costs, pro­mote air cargo, main­te­nance, re­pair and op­er­a­tions (MRO) and he­li­copter op­er­a­tions and im­prove pas­sen­ger fa­cil­i­ta­tion.

The draft pol­icy was ini­tially un­veiled in Novem­ber 2014 and af­ter tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the com­ments and sug­ges­tions re­ceived, the Min­istry is look­ing at cer­tain mod­i­fi­ca­tions to it. we want to pro­duce for the mar­ket, there needs to be a way to dis­trib­ute it in an af­ford­able man­ner, which can be man­aged by pro­ducer. To ex­port, there should be ad­e­quate ca­pac­ity and deep draughts at ports to en­sure faster turn­around of ves­sels. Ves­sel turn­around time at ports should be in line with the global prac­tice; in­stead of four days, it should take a max­i­mum time of day-and-a-half.

To­day the in­creased de­pen­dence on road lo­gis­tics is in­creas­ing the bur­den on lo­cal man­u­fac­turer. Be­sides, the high cost of road lo­gis­tics highly de­mor­alises the lo­cal man­u­fac­turer do­ing busi­ness. The only way to solve the sit­u­a­tion is by de­vel­op­ing other means of trans­port like sea­ways and rail­ways, which shall re­duce the de­pen­dency on the road trans­port avoid­ing the higher cost in­volved in it.

The lo­gis­tics depart­ment is one of ma­jor de­part­ments in multi­na­tional

Lo­gis­tic sup­port has gained im­por­tance in in­ter­na­tional mar­ket­ing as a re­sult of tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments in in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy. The in­ter­net has al­lowed for the ease of ship­ping han­dling and most com­pa­nies are re­struc­tur­ing their op­er­a­tions glob­ally. Ad­vance­ments in com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion industry en­able lo­gis­tic man­agers to up­date sales and plan in­ven­tory faster and more fre­quently.

Es­tab­lish­ing a lo­gis­tics plan is es­sen­tial. Point­ing out the steps re­quired and the per­son­nel who will be as­sign­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to those, who will be per­form­ing the spe­cific tasks is also es­sen­tial. An ef­fi­cient plan is nec­es­sary for the plan­ning or con­trol­ling of ac­tiv­i­ties of an or­gan­i­sa­tion. It has to be clearly de­fined in or­der to avoid vague­ness or con­fu­sion that could in­ter­fere with the ac­com­plish­ment of the de­sired goals.

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