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Post at: May 30 2022

AVSAR’ Scheme

Recent Context

  • On April 8, 2022, Airport Authority of India (AAI) has launched the AVSAR” (Airport as Venue for Skilled Artisans Of The Region) scheme.
  • AAI has taken an initiative to allocate space to Self Help Groups (SHGs) at its airports for selling/showcasing the self-made products of their region.

Key Highlights 

  • Under this scheme, an area of 100-200 square feet has been earmarked at each AAI operated airport. 
  • The space is being allotted to the self- help groups, turn on turn basis, for a duration of 15 days. 
  • Few outlets have already been commissioned at Chennai, Agartala, Dehradun, Kushinagar, Udaipur & Amritsar Airport.
  • In these airports SHGs operated by local women, are showcasing and marketing their homemade local products like Puffed Rice, Packaged Papad, Pickles, Bamboo based Ladies Bag/Bottle/Lamp Sets, local artefacts etc.
  • AAI Airports are in the process of allotting space in coordination with State Governments to such Self-Help Groups which includes Ranchi, Kolkata, Varanasi, Indore, Bhopal, Vadodara, Ranchi, Belagavi, Madurai, Coimbatore, Calicut, Surat, Bhubaneswar, Raipur, Silchar, Dibrugarh and Jorhat.

About Airport Authority of India

  • Airports Authority of India (AAI) was constituted by an Act of Parliament and came into being on 1st April 1995 by merging erstwhile National Airports Authority and International Airports Authority of India. 
  • The merger brought into existence a single Organization entrusted with the    responsibility of creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure both    on the ground and air space in the country.
  • AAI manages a total of 137 airports which include 24 International airports (3 Civil Enclaves), 10 Custom Airports (4 Civil Enclaves) and 103 Domestic airports (23 Civil Enclaves).
  • AAI provides air navigation services over 2.8 million square nautical miles of air space.
     

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