UDAN Scheme (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagarik)

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UDAN Scheme (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagarik)

UDAN Scheme (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagarik)

  • The government has recently announced new flights under the UDAN scheme to connect small cities with metros.
  • For these flights, less used airports are used within the country, and through these efforts are made to provide cheap flights to the people of the country.

Background:

UDAN is a central government scheme; its full name is Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik. Under this regional connectivity plan, work is being done on the operation of 100 under-utilized airports, and at least 1,000 air routes.

About UDAN Scheme:

  • The objective of this scheme is to establish connectivity with remote and regional areas of the country and to make air travel affordable for all.
  • It was launched in June 2016. It is a major component of the Centre’s National Civil Aviation Policy led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Under this scheme, about half of the seats in UDAN flights are provided at concessional fares, and a certain amount of ‘viability gap funding’ (VGF) is also provided to the participating carriers, which is funded by the Centre, and is shared among the respective states.
  • The UDAN scheme will be jointly funded by the Central Government and the State Governments. This scheme will be in operation for 10 years, and later it can be extended further.

UDAN 4.0:

  • The fourth round of UDAN (UDAN 4.0) was launched in December 2019 with an objective to focus on the northeastern regions, hill states and islands.
  • Airports already developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) have been accorded higher priority for Viability Gap Funding (VGF) under the scheme.
  • Under UDAN 4.0, helicopter and sea-plane operations have also been included.

Source – PIB

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