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In the last week of Au­gust this year, the govern­ment un­veiled re­vised norms un­der

seen as a vi­tal cor­po­rate tool? In the US, hun­dreds of For­tune 500 com­pa­nies now flaunt their own air­craft, with com­pa­nies ar­gu­ing that this vi­tal dNuc­tiEvitWy.reSceBn­tCRNN quSoted con­veyance saves time and boosts proA the Re­gional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) to at­tract more air­lines to op­er­ate ser­vices in J&K, North-Eastern states, An­daman and Ni­co­bar Is­lands and Lak­shad­weep. The Min­istry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has also in­cluded Hi­machal Pradesh and Ut­tarak­hand as pri­or­ity ar­eas. The aim is to in­crease the ser­vices to th­ese states, whose aviation po­ten­tial at present have not been fully utilised. The MoCA has re­laxed the norms of RCS for th­ese states and union ter­ri­to­ries. Civil Aviation Min­is­ter Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju said the scheme is be­ing lib­er­alised and the fo­cus would be on pri­or­ity ar­eas. The new norms also al­low routes with a stage length less than 150km for op­er­a­tions through fixed-wing air­craft. This, the MoCA be­lieves, would en­hance connectivity and ease the for­ma­tion of net­works un­der the scheme. To en­cour­age he­li­copter ser­vices un­der UDAN scheme, the vi­a­bil­ity gap fund­ing (VGF) has been in­creased and ten per cent of the es­ti­mated an­nual in­flow in the Re­gional Connectivity Fund has been ear­marked for op­er­a­tions through chop­pers. The sec­ond round of bid­ding RCS has been held and the Min­istry ex­pects to an­nounce the names of win­ners on Novem­ber 30 this year.

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