President Mukherjee receives condolence messages from world leaders on the sad demise of Dr. Kalam




President Mukherjee receives condolence messages from world leaders on the sad demise of Dr. Kalam 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has received a number of condolence messages from world leaders on the sad demise of former President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. 


Leaders who sent messages to the President include the Presidents of Singapore, Slovak Republic, Russia, Nepal and Afghanistan; the Fourth King of Bhutan, Sultans of Oman and Brunei and former President of Afghanistan, Dr. Hamid Karzai as well as former President of Singapore, Mr. S.R. Nathan. 

The President of Russia, Mr. Vladimir Putin said, “Dr. Kalam rightly enjoyed high international authority as an outstanding scientist and a wise statesman. It is difficult to overestimate his personal contribution to social, economic, scientific and technical progress of India and in ensuring its national security.” 

The President of Singapore, Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam said “Dr. Kalam was deeply respected in India and internationally as a great scientist, an eminent statesman and visionary leader. As the people’s President, he worked tirelessly to better the lives of all Indians. Even after stepping down, he continued to inspire India with his sense of patriotism and single-minded dedication to promoting social and educational advancement.” 

The President of Nepal, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav said “Dr. Kalam was a rare blend of ‘gyana’ and ‘karma’. He selflessly pursued knowledge and indefatigably disseminated it among the wider public. In his demise, Nepal has lost a true friend and India a great scientist, a leader and an established scholar.” 

The Fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck said “Dr. Kalam was an extraordinary human being, a great scientist and a visionary thinker who touched and inspired the people of India and all those who knew him.” 

The President of Slovak Republic, Mr. Andrej Kiska said “Dr. Kalam will be remembered in history as an internationally respected statesman and an extraordinary personality who has significantly contributed to the scientific and social progress of contemporary India.” 

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The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee with the probationers of the Indian Forest Service (2014-16 Batch) from the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on August 03, 2015.
Probationers of Indian Forest Service call on President 

A group of probationers of Indian Forest Service (2014 Batch) called on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee today at Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the Indian Forest Service has a long and glorious past. It was earlier known as the Imperial Forest Service and was constituted by the British Government in India in 1867. It was subsequently renamed as Indian Forest Service. Noting that a large number of the probationers present were engineers, he urged them to use their expertise and core competence for improving the quality in management of forests. He said that in today’s world, environment and climate change are most important issues and pose great challenges. The human race as a collective body needs to respond to these challenges or their very existence might be in danger. 

Addressing the probationers, the President said that they will not only be implementer of policies but will also provide inputs for policies. He stated that practical implementable solutions are to be found and any lopsided or imbalanced approach cannot be adopted. Theirs is not an ordinary administrative job. It demands innovative solutions to problems with which they will be confronted. How they serve the country and contribute in the development of the nation will depend on their attitude towards their job. He said that we have no right to spoil what we have inherited. Rather, it is our responsibility to leave it in an improved condition. The President extended a special welcome to the two probationary officers from Bhutan. He wished that all the probationary officers may have a successful and rewarding career in the future. 

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Air Routes Under Radar 

Portions of Air Routes W30, W31, W34, W36, W39, W85, W108, W109, W51, W54, W55, W82, W83, W84 and W104 situated in Northern and North Eastern Region of India are not adequately covered by Radar due to topographical constraints and high terrain in the areas. However, the Air Traffic Control System available in the Northern and North-Eastern region are capable of processing all flights data. 

The Airports Authority of India has taken steps to install Radars at Amritsar in Northern Region and Imphal in North Eastern Region for enhancing Radar coverage in these air routes. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Commercial Flights 

State Governments can operate Commercial flights with the approval of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Directorate General of Civil Aviation. At present Government of Rajasthan has Non - Scheduled Operator Permit and is operating with three aircraft. Civil Aviation Department, Government of Jharkhand has got initial NOC on 4.7.2013 and M/s Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure Company Limited has got initial NOC on 12.11.2013 from Ministry of Civil Aviation to start Non Scheduled Operations. Permission for taking over a loss making airlines can be considered on the basis on applicable rules and regulations/guidelines in this regard. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Construction of Second Airport 

The Government has proposal to set up a second airport in the national capital region. Government of India (GoI) had received following proposals for grant of Site Clearance: 

(i) Setting up of Greenfield Airport at Kotkasim Tehsil in Alwar district, Rajasthan : Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Ltd. (DMICDC) had submitted a proposal for grant of 'site clearance' for setting up of greenfield airport (for providing both passenger and cargo services) at Kotkasim Tehsil in Alwar district, Rajasthan. The Steering Committee on Greenfield airports considered the proposal and recommended to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for grant of 'site clearance' to the project. 

(ii) Setting up of Cargo airport in Rohtak district of Haryana: M/s Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (HSIIDC) had submitted a proposal for setting up of a Cargo airport in Rohtak district of Haryana. The Steering Committee considered the proposal and advised HSIIDC to revise the proposal for full-fledged commercial airport in place of Cargo airport. The airport developer has not submitted the revised proposal. 

Necessary details regarding the project such as project cost, financing, schedule of the project implementation are worked out by the airport promoter and is submitted later at the time of 'in-principle' approval stage. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Construction of Buildings Near Airports 

Airports Authority of India (AAI) has prepared Colour Coded Zoning Maps (CCZMs) of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Kolkata clearly indicating the permissible heights in different colour coded grids in different zones of these airports. These maps are available on AAI's website. 

It has been decided to upgrade the existing online height clearance system i.e. NOCAS to NOCAS V.2. The NOCAS V.2 is bound to process the NOC application without any human intervention after physical verification of site co-ordinates by AAI officials and issuance of NOC for height clearance expeditiously. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Increase in Flights 

Scheduled domestic airlines are free to operate anywhere within the country subject to compliance with Route Dispersal Guidelines (RDGs). Introduction of flights to new areas and increasing their frequency is the commercial decision of an airline depending upon the traffic demand and commercial viability etc. 

Air India continuously monitors the market developments with an objective to rationalize, restructure its schedule either by withdrawing from non-strategic cash loss making routes or by introducing new routes / increase or decrease frequency on existing routes /modifying the existing schedule/changing the equipment on a particular route etc. 

Air India makes changes in its network to rationalize capacity offered on various routes to maximize the benefits. Consequently, periodic adjustments are done to the schedule to add or reduce capacity from specific routes, introduce new routes, and restructure existing routes based on the market dynamics and anticipated financial outcome. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Setting UP of an Aviation Ombudsman 

A Working Group was constituted to examine the feasibility of setting up of Ombudsman for Civil Aviation sector. Based on its report, a draft consultation paper on Ombudsman for Civil Aviation was circulated for comments/views of stakeholders in February, 2014. During the stakeholder consultations, it emerged that there are already separate grievance redressal mechanisms with each airline as well as with DGCA to address the grievances. 

It is a fact that a number of complaints are received about the services of airlines, which are being resolved by respective Departments/ Organisations. The review of policies of the Government on the basis of suggestions received from time to time is a continuous process and the decisions are taken as per established procedure in consultation with stakeholders. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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No Frills/Low-Cost Airports 

The Government proposes to develop no-frills/low-cost airports in various cities of the country. In order to promote the Regional and Remote Area Air Connectivity, Government of India has decided to develop small airports at tier II and tier III cities across the country. 

Five locations namely, Hubli and Belgaum in Karnataka, Kishangarh in Rajasthan, Jharsuguda in Odisha and Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh were identified for construction of small airports. The estimated project cost for Hubli is Rs. 141.44 crore, Belgaum is Rs. 141.87 crore, Kishangarh is Rs. 160.05 crore, Jharsuguda is Rs. 200 crore and Tezu is Rs. 96.5 crore. 

The above locations were identified based on the criteria of population, availability of land and the potential for tourism and industry. 

The construction work at these locations has already commenced. The timelines for completion of the airport projects depend upon many factors like availability of requisite land, mandatory regulatory clearances, environmental clearances, traffic projections and provision of support services by the State Government such as access road to the airport, water supply, power supply, services of State Police and State Fire Staff for Security and Safety needs of the airport, etc. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Emergency Landings 

During the last three years and the current year, a total of 141 incidents of emergency landings due to medical emergency and technical reasons have been reported to DGCA. 

All incidents except emergency landing due to medical issues are investigated by DGCA/AAIB and also by the PIB (Permanent Investigation Board) of the concerned airlines in association with officers of regional air safety offices depending upon the severity of case. Safety recommendations emanating from the investigation reports are followed up for implementation with the concerned agencies so as to prevent recurrence of similar incidents in future. 

Moreover, the accident/incident data is regularly analysed and based on the analysis, Air Safety Circulars are issued to bring important observations/findings to the notice of the operators to avoid recurrence of such mishaps. 

DGCA also carries out the audit of operators as per Annual Surveillance Programme. Recommendations emanating from such reports are followed up with the operator for implementation. 

This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Code Share Agreements Signed By Air India 

Air India has signed code share agreements with 14 (fourteen) foreign airlines, which include block space as well as free flow code sharing. 

There has been a consistent improvement in the Revenue earned as well as the financial position of Air India over the past few years. The revenue earned in last three years are as under: 

2012-13: Rs. 16072 crore 

2013-14: Rs. 19093 crore 

2014-15: Rs. 19514 crore (provisional). 

This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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