Taskforce set up for roadmap to build indigenous plane: Suresh Prabhu

Suresh Prabhu

"A high level taskforce to develop the roadmap with implementable recommendations has been set up under the chairmanship of the Civil Aviation Minister," Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu told members in Rajya Sabha.The government has set up a high- level task force to develop a roadmap for building aircraft under the 'Make in India' programme, which will decide on setting up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the Rs 100 biilion, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Responding to supplementaries on the issue, he said the task force has been working on the matter and have already taken several steps, but a decision on forming an SPV will be taken at the Committee of Secretaries.

The task force will consist of 106 people from HAL, NAL, ADF and DRDO for appraisal. So, these will be the persons actually constituting the SPV. Enough financial and administrative powers may be sought for the SPV to implement the project, he said.

"This is an idea which will actually change the manufacturing infrastructure. It is almost a Rs 100 billion project," he said.

Prabhu said we are not just trying manufacturing through this process, but will also encourage anyone who has manufacturing capabilities to manufacture aircraft so that we can bridge the gap that exists between the demand and supply and actually do that at the same time.

In his written reply, he said a High-Level Task Force under the Chairpersonship of the Minister of Civil Aviation has been taken up for the holistic development of the ecosphere for manufacture of civilian aircraft, helicopters and associated aviation equipment in India.

This has been done in pursuance of the National Civil Aircraft Development (NCAD) programme and for promotion of India as an important investment destination and global hub for the manufacture, design and innovation under the 'Make in India' initiative, Prabhu said.

"The issue of the development of the Regional Transport Aircraft was considered by the Committee of Secretaries in a meeting held by the Cabinet Secretary on 18.05.2018 and further actions have been taken up in accordance with the decisions taken therein, including the constitution of a Sub-Committee on the Special Purpose Vehicle for manufacture of the regional transport aircraft in India," he said.


(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel