The Foundation for Aviation and Sustainable Tourism (FAST) organised the Seminar on ‘Make in India : Challenges and Opportunities in Civil Aviation Sector’ on February 2, 2016 at the India International Centre. Hon’ble Minister of Civil Aviation Shri P Ashok Gajapathi Raju was the chief guest and inaugurated the seminar by lighting the lamp along with Secretary Civil Aviation Shri R N Choubey besides others on the dias. While welcoming the delegates, Lt. Gen. KM Seth (Retd.), former Governor of Tripura and Chhattisgarh and President FAST emphasized that unless all the stake holders come together and make coordinated effort, it will be very difficult to bring about transformation in the aviation sector.
The Hon’ble Minister of Civil Aviation said that the civil aviation industry in India has ushered a new era of expansion driven by factors such as low-cost carriers (LCC), modernisation of airports, foreign direct investments (FDI) in domestic airlines, cutting edge information technology (IT) interventions and a growing emphasis on regional connectivity and therefore we must utilize the opportunities available under the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Dr Mahesh Sharma underlined the importance of better coordination between Civil Aviation and Tourism sectors in synchronizing the developmental activities in both these sectors.
Secretary civil aviation talked about the review of civil aviation policies and consolidation of various fragments which will provide a roadmap towards growth of the civil aviation sector.