Minister of Civil Aviation, Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the Meeting of Chief Ministers and State Civil Aviation Ministers in New Delhi today to discuss the Draft Civil Aviation Policy and other issues related to civil aviation sector. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said the civil aviation sector in India has been growing steadily registering a growth of 13.8% during the last 10 years. He said, though the rate of growth came down during the last two years due to the overall economic slowdown, it is recovering fast, with the year 2013-14 showing a growth of 6%. For more details
The Government has replaced Planning Commission with a new institution named NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India). The institution will serve as ‘Think Tank’ of the Government-a directional and policy dynamo. NITI Aayog will provide Governments at the central and state levels with relevant strategic and technical advice across the spectrum of key elements of policy, this includes matters of national and international import on the economic front, dissemination of best practices from within the country as well as from other nations, the infusion of new policy ideas and specific issue-based support. For more details
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Minister of Civil Aviation Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the e-office governance in the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India’s Single Window Clearance to Communication Masts through SACFA – NOCAS Integration.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister highlighted the importance of e-governance and elaborated upon the arrangements made in the Ministry of Civil Aviation under this programme. He particularly highlighted the importance of transparency and accountability through which both efficiency and effectiveness are derived. The salient features of the e-office are as under:
• Single instance has been created for MoCA, BCAS, DGCA, CRS and IGRUA with URL as follows : ca.eoffice.gov.in
• All new files will be generated electronically, for which Training and Hand Holding on e- office has been provided to all users of the Ministry of Civil Aviation including Data Entry Operators/Consultants.
• 90 Digital Signature Certificates (DSCs) have been installed and bound with e- office Application out of 137.
• All identified Employee Master Database (EMD) managers/Master Trainer identified by the Department have also been trained on e-office Admn modules.
Shri V. Somasundaran, Secretary, Civil Aviation gave a detailed account of the e-office programme which was followed by a presentation and as part of the live demonstration an active file was forwarded by the Secretary to the Minister which was cleared by the Minister online.
As part of the e-governance implementation, in the offices under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, AAI’s initiative of e-clerance (communication mast) was also launched. Shri S. Raheja, Chairman, AAI gave details of the project and immediately after the presentation, height clearance of one of the active case was granted online. The salient points are as follows:
• Standing Advisory Committee on Radio Frequency Allocation (SACFA) is responsible for Frequency allocation and mast (fixed wireless) clearance to telecom Operators, based on AAI’s No Objection Certificate (NOC).
• The applicants were required to file an additional online application at NOC Application System (NOCAS), AAI for NOC for height clearance.
• Integration of SACFA and NOCAS servers will benefit the Telecom Operators in many ways:
• No duplicate application; Data will be fetched from SACFA server to populate the NOCAS application.
• No document (hard copy) is required by the AAI either from the applicant or SACFA. The system has become paperless.
• NOC letter is sent to SACFA electronically. The individual SACFA application is automatically updated with height clearance data.
• Effective Single Window clearance to Telecom Operators.
Message from the Minister
Today, India sits on the cusp of a truly transformational digital revolution, one that promises to reshape the social, economic, political and cultural landscapes of the country. The convergence of cutting edge Information and
Communication Technologies (ICT) in a democratic setup such as ours has the potential of creating a massive groundswell for participative governance. In such an environment, citizens find it both compelling and easy to connect with the government, which in turn becomes even more responsive to the needs of the citizens.
This is what lies at the heart of ‘good governance’.
The thrust of good governance is on creating and sustaining an ecosystem which fosters strong and equitable development and where ICT are the tools of development and progress—all of which is the very ethos and purpose of e-Governance. The recent rapid advances in ICT have made e-Governance a very potent tool for
ushering in an era of good governance. Hon’ble Prime Minister has emphasised on more than one occasion that e-Governance is easy governance, effective governance and economical governance.
The ambitious Digital India programme promises to transform India into a digitally empowered society by focusing on digital inclusion, digital literacy, easily accessible digital resources, and collaborative digital platforms.
Delivering services in a time-bound manner to citizens is an important objective of the programme. DeitY has taken a number of initiatives which promote good governance through e-Governance, and which are in various stages of development and rollout. Some early initiatives, such as MyGov, biometric attendance, Jeevan Pramaan, e-Sampark, and e-Greetings have already made their mark.
I am happy to present this ready reckoner of the various achievements and activities of DeitY in 2014. I also congratulate all the officers and staff of DeitY for embarking on these socially transformative initiatives and extend my heartfelt wishes to everyone on the proud occasion of Good Governance Day.
International Civil Aviation Day is annually observed December 7 to raise awareness of the importance of international civil aviation and the role that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) plays in international air transport. The organization is a United Nations (UN) body responsible for developing international standards for aviation safety.
In 1944, delegates from 54 nations gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Stevens Hotel in Chicago at the invitation of the United States of America.
At this event, the participants concluded and signed the Convention on International Civil Aviation, also known more popularly as the ‘Chicago Convention’, the defining international agreement which has since permitted the global civil aviation system to develop peacefully and in a manner benefitting all peoples and nations of the world.
In 2014, ICAO and the global air transport community will be commemorating this momentous occasion by convening a series of special events in Montreal and Chicago.
Featuring high-level participation from the host governments of Canada and the United States of America, and representatives from ICAO’s Council and Member States, these proceedings will culminate in an Extraordinary Session of the ICAO Council on Monday, 8 December, in the exact same room where the Convention was signed in the Stevens Hotel (now the Chicago Hilton) 70 years ago.
On this occasion, ICAO Council Representatives will adopt a Special Resolution paying tribute to the Chicago Convention’s significant contributions to global peace and prosperity through the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation.
In 1996 the UN General Assembly proclaimed December 7 as International Civil Aviation Day, in accordance with an ICAO initiative and with the Canadian Government’s assistance. The assembly urged governments and organizations to observe the day. This day is now an official UN day.
Fifty years ago in Washington, DC, a group of American aviation experts—chiefly air investigators—concerned about the number of aircraft crashes, got together and formed the Society of Air Safety Investigators (SASI), devoted to ‘promoting aviation safety with no side issues involved’. Continue reading
The reference books for various categories of AME Examination has been reviewed
and a revised up-dated list of reference books is published on DGCA website for the benefit
of candidates desirous for appearing in AME Examination.
DGCA published draft CAR M rev.1 on its website and has invited comments by 18.10.2014. Salient features of this revision are:
1. The requirements, related AMCs and GMs have been brought together for easy
2. Subsequent to the above arrangement, the Appendices have also been separated as “Appendices to CAR M” and “Appendices to AMCs and GMs”.
3. Reference to AME licenses as pre- CAR 66 have been replaced with post CAR
-66 terminologies. Continue