Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju

MIN­IS­TER FOR CIVIL AVIATION

India Today - - 30 YEARS OF MODI GOVERNMENT | TRANSPORT -

AIR IN­DIA DID WELL this year to off­load unruly politi­cian Ravin­dra Gaik­wad, a move that had Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju’s back­ing. If only he could off­load the air­line’s ac­cu­mu­lated losses of Rs 48,000 crore. AI, how­ever, is only one area of con­cern. The un­der­staffed Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Aviation—it has one in­spec­tor for four air­craft whereas smaller coun­tries like Malaysia have 1.5 reg­u­la­tors to one air­craft—is an­other. This even as In­dia be­came the world’s third largest air travel mar­ket with over 100 mil­lion pas­sen­gers last year. A 2017 re­port by Martin Con­sult­ing notes that while In­dia is fairly com­pli­ant when it comes to li­cens­ing op­er­a­tions and air­wor­thi­ness, it lags on aviation leg­is­la­tion, ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion, reg­u­la­tory or­gan­is­tional setup and aero­drome in­fra­struc­ture.

M ZHAZO

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