The Government has repled to General (Retd.) Dr. V.K. Singh, Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, against his letter to the government regarding reforms in the aviation sector in the Lok Sabha.

1. Policy on Digi Yatra has been issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation in August 2018. The initiative aims to provide contactless, seamless and paperless handling of passengers at airports from the terminal entrance to the boarding point.

2. The work has been awarded for the implementation of Biometric Boarding System (BBS) using facial recognition technology at six airports namely Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Varanasi and Vijayawada. The project is at trial stage. On successful completion, it will be implemented at other airports in the country in a phased manner.

3. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has sanctioned approximately Rs. 25,000 crore over the next 4-5 years for expansion/development of existing and new terminals using modern technology.

4. The air navigation infrastructure has been modernised.

5. Route rationalization in the Indian airspace is being done in coordination with the Indian Air Force, using modern air traffic flow management techniques to develop shorter flight routes and lower fuel consumption by airlines.

6. Greater use of digital technology is being encouraged at air cargo terminals to increase efficiency and reduce stay time.

7. E-Governance is being enabled in Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) for most of their stakeholders interaction and internal processes.

8. Online 'Examination on Demand' is being planned by DGCA for flight cadets to increase the number of licensed pilots in the country.


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