Topic: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
4) Do you think a cooperative federalism framework can provide the required impetus to the civil aviation sector in the country? Examine.(250 words)
Why this question:
The article discusses the significance of cooperative federalism to Indian civil aviation industry.
Key demand of the question:
One must discuss in detail the current problems facing civil aviation industry in India and in what way cooperative federalism framework can bring impetus to it.
Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.
Structure of the answer:
In short define what is cooperative federalism.
Explain that civil aviation is a Central subject and one that barely got significant attention from the States until recently. It is evident from the fact that very few States in India have active civil aviation departments. This is also due to the reason that States have had a passive role, invariably, having had to look up to the Central government for the development of airports and enhancing air connectivity. However, in the last four years, the situation has changed considerably.
The cooperation of States is seen as a major factor in the growth of the civil aviation sector. The Regional Connectivity Scheme, UdeDeshkaAamNaagrik (UDAN), has become a game changer as this flagship programme has a built-in mechanism to develop stakes of State governments in the growth of the sector.
Conclude with significance of cooperative federalism and the impetus that it can bring.