Con­cerns over Civil Avi­a­tion Pol­icy: DACAAI

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Do­mes­tic Cargo Agents As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia ( DACAAI) shared few con­cerns with Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion in re­gard to the civil avi­a­tion pol­icy. The Draft Pol­icy does not specif­i­cally deals with do­mes­tic air cargo which is grow­ing at ap­prox 20 per cent an­nu­ally. The sec­tor must get its due im­por­tance.

Ac­cord­ing to DACAAI mem­bers, sep­a­rate do­mes­tic cargo ter­mi­nals with ex­clu­sive in­fra­struc­ture should be cre­ated at new air­ports. Ex­clu­sive and sep­a­rate tax regime should be cre­ated for do­mes­tic air cargo, with a view to pro­mote it. Ex­cess of tax­a­tion of air­lines in ser­vice tax, air­port us­age tax and tax on main­te­nance of air­crafts is passed on to do­mes­tic cargo as well whereas do­mes­tic cargo is al­ready taxed on higher side. Spe­cial mora­to­rium of ser­vice tax for pro­mo­tion of the sec­tor is the need of the hour in view of the big e-com­merce mar­ket.

Govern­ment must pro­mote do­mes­tic cargo for far flung ar­eas of the coun­try, where life sav­ing drugs, vac­ci­na­tion and other med­i­cal aids is pro­vided.

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