Saturday, December 18, 2021

Government not doing enough to promote aero sports, says parliamentary panel

New Delhi: A parliamentary panel 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.

In its report presented in the Parliament on Friday, the standing committee on transport, tourism and culture headed by T G Venkatesh said it was "disappointed" to note that a mere token allocation of ₹1 crore was made for the ‘development of aero sports’.

While the creation of a new budget head for aero sports is a welcome move, the panel said sufficient funds had not been allotted for the purpose.

The committee is of the opinion that aero sport has gained popularity among the youth worldwide and in India as well. India with its breathtaking views of the mountains, sea beaches and the countryside, has a great potential for Aero sport. It can act as a boost for adventure tourism in the country as well, thereby generating employment in the countryside, the report said.

The panel also asked the ministry to expedite the process of framing National Aero Sports Policy for systematic development of aero sports. It also asked the civil aviation ministry to take up the case for increased allocation during budgetary allocations with the finance ministry.

17/12/21 Times of India

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