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Post at: Aug 06 2022

National Air Sports Policy (NASP - 2022)

Why in News?

  • On June 7, 2022 the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) announced the country's first National Air Sports Policy (NASP).

About NASP - 2022

  • It aims to provide a safe, affordable accessible and sustainable air sports ecosystem in India.
  • The policy will promote 11 air sports like ballooning gliding, aerobatics, parachuting etc. 

Objectives

  • It has been launched to improve the state of aero sports in India, with a vision to make in India a hub for air sports in the world by 2030.
  • Enable adoption of international good practices in safety including but not limited to, air sports infrastructure, equipment, operations, maintenance and training. 
  • Develop a simple, stakeholder friendly and effective governance structure.
  • Enhance participation and success of Indian sports persons in global air sports events.
  • To promote design, development and manufacturing of air sports equipment in India in line with Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.

Governing Bodies

  • There will be four tier governance structure for air sports in India:-
    • Air sports federation of India (ASFI) as the apex governing body.
    • National associations for individual air sports for a set of air sports.
    • Regional or State and Union Territory level units of the national air sports associations, as appropriate.
    • District level air sports associations.

Significance of the policy

  • Besides the revenue from air sports activities, multiplier benefits in terms of growth in travel, tourism, infrastructure and local employment, especially in hilly areas of the country.
  • Creating air sports hubs across the country will bring in air sports professionals and tourists from across the world.

Way Forward

  • The aerosports industry has expressed its displeasure that the government was not doing enough to encourage aero sports in the country despite the fact that there is a tremendous potential in the country keeping in view the diverse scenic locales.
  • Aerosports creates significant opportunities for growth of Tourism, employment generation and interest in aviation activites.
  • A growth - oriented NASP may help attract investments in latest aerosports technology infrastructure and best practices.

 


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