“Paper 4-GS-III, Topic: Infrastructure: Airports.”
Security cost row hits UDAN’s flight
You should know:
- The government’s low-cost regional air connectivity scheme has led to inter-ministerial tussle over the cost of the security infrastructure for the project.
- The Ministry of Civil Aviation already owes ₹800 crore to the Home Ministry for deploying Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and other central police forces at 59 airports.
- The addition of 43 airports under the UDAN scheme is going to add considerably to the cost.
- The Finance Ministry has suggested that the cost be passed on to passengers.
- The Home Ministry, however disagreed with this suggestion, contending that it would lead to in air fare hike.
- The UDAN scheme aims at stimulating regional connectivity with flights covering distances up to 800 km through a market-based mechanism.
- Forty-three cities are expected to be linked on India’s flight connectivity grid.
- India have 70-75 functional airports and expect that in two-three years the number would go up to 200 airports.
Source: Indian Express
‘’Paper 3-GS-II, Topic: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors”
‘Global standards will curb unsafe imports’
To be noted:
A good standards regime will help in preventing flooding of domestic market with unsafe or sub-standard imports at the expense of the domestic industry as well as consumers.
The difference in standards are over and if the Indian industry has to survive and thrive, it has to adopt global standards
As for now standards are low for domestic market and high for exports.
- The ministry, in collaboration with the industry body CII, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB) and other knowledge partners, is organising a National Standards Conclave on May 1-2 in the national capital.
- The Conclave would also aim at preparing an Indian National Strategy for Standardization (INSS).
- It will prepare industries, Central Government Ministries, State Governments, regulatory/standards setting and conformity assessment bodies on the growing importance of “Standards” in the changing scenario of global trade.
- The Standards Conclave is being held in the backdrop of diminishing importance of tariffs and rising influence of standards and regulation both in goods and services trade.
- The Ministries/regulators/state governments have to also realise that their initiatives and schemes have to be built around global standards if they have to succeed in their objectives, a good standards regime shall also help the “Make in India” campaign.
Source: The Hindu
‘’Paper 3-GS-II, Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations
India to seal pact with Russia-led grouping
To be noted:
- India is set to formalise a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union.
- The joint statement on the FTA is likely to be issued during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at St. Petersburg on June 1
- The Eurasian Economic Union comprises Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The FTA is expected to open up a huge market with a trade potential of $37 to 62 billion.
- The FTA with the Eurasian countries was dictated by India’s need to diversify into new markets. India has a targeted trade of $30 billion with the five countries by 2025 and $15 billion annual investment.
- Experts highlighted the need for better understanding of the challenges in the new market like non-tariff barriers and quality standards before the negotiations take place.
- Exporters and representatives of trade organisations called for steps to prevent dumping of goods and misuse of the rules of origin.
- They also highlighted the need for clarity on sanitary and phytosanitary measures, import licensing, quantitative restrictions and trade remedies.
Source: The Hindu