The Civil Aviation Ministry has extended the deadline for submitting public comments on the draft policy till November 30. The earlier deadline was November 21.

Responding to a query on whether the new policy would be ready by year end, Raju said, "that is what we are trying to do (by this year end).”
    
According to the Civil Aviation Minister, the Parliamentary Consultative committee meeting on November 30 would discuss the draft policy. He was speaking on the sidelines of a summit organised by industry body PHD Chamber here.
    
The much-awaited draft policy, unveiled on October 30, proposes to provide a conducive environment and a level playing field to all stakeholders. Among others, it has suggested measures to boost regional connectivity, various tax sops and over 50 percent FDI in local carriers subject to certain conditions.
    
The policy has also proposed open sky policy on reciprocal basis with SAARC countries and countries beyond a 5,000 kilometre radius from New Delhi, helicopter policy, levy of two percent on all domestic and international tickets on all routes to fund regional connectivity and sops to MRO industry.

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