Scindia launches National Aero Sports Policy to make India top air sports hub by 2030
New Delhi, 7 June : Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia wants to see India as the world’s top air sports hub by 2030. To meet this goal, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) on Tuesday announced the country’s first National Aero Sports Policy (NSAP, 2022).
Will also be included in school-college syllabus
Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said that the objective of this policy is to see India as one of the top aero sports countries by 2030. The youth of India represent the future of Hawaiian sports. Programs will be promoted with the aim of increasing interest in aerial sports. Schools, colleges and universities will be encouraged to include aerial sports in the syllabus.
NSAP will include Yeh Air Khel
NSAP will so far cover aerial sports such as aerobatics, aeromodelling, and model rocketry, amateur-built and experimental aircraft ballooning, drone gliding and powered gliding, hand gliding and powered hang gliding, parachuting (including skydiving, base jumping). Wingsuits, paragliding and paramotoring (including powered parachute trikes), powered aircraft and rotorcraft will also be included.
Scindia told what will be the benefit to the country
Scindia talks about the future of Air Sports in India A small market size of around 5,000 odd Air Sports Practitioners in India generates an annual revenue of around Rs 80-100 crores. He said, I think we can target more than Rs. 8,000 – 10,000 crore annual revenue and generate more than 1,00,000 direct employment. The economic benefits would more than triple in terms of travel, tourism, support services and local infrastructure development.
India aims to host World Hawaii Games in future
Referring to the World Air Games and India’s participation, Minister Scindia said that it is not just an announcement of the National Air Sports Policy, but we are aiming to host the World Air Games in the future.
ASFI will take penal action if the rules are not followed
Focusing on air safety, the policy states that those involved in aerial sporting activity shall report the accident in writing to the Air Sports Association concerned not later than 48 hours after the accident but to the person involved or the person concerned. An inability to enforce adequate safety standards by an air sports federation may result in punitive action by the ASFI against such association, including fines, suspension or dismissal.
The federation will be headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation.
The MoCA said that the Air Sports Federation of India (AFSI) will be the apex governing body. ‘AFSI, after consultation with stakeholders, will publish its draft guidelines within six months from the date of publication of NSA 2022. The federation will be headed by Rajiv Bansal, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation.
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Scindia launches National Aero Sports Policy to make India a top air sports hub by 2030