Suresh Prabhu Current Affairs - 2020

Awards for first ever CMS Vatavaran-2019 presented

The Awards for first-ever MoEF&CC and CMS VATAVARAN-2019 Short Film Competition and Festival on Environment was presented in New Delhi. The awards were presented by Ravi Agrawal, Additional Secretary, Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) at culmination of four-day festival where all shortlisted films were showcased.

Key Highlights

The Jury which selected final awardees for competition comprised of Ramesh Sippy, Manju Borah, Rahul Rawail and Agnimitra Paul. The shortlisted films of MoEF&CC-2019 Short Film Competition and Festival on Environment were screened in festival.

The award was presented in three categories: (1) School students, (2) Amateur and College students, (3) Professionals.

Under School Students category: 345 film entry was received and 35 was nominated

Under Amateur and College Students category: 173 film entry was received and 42 was nominated

Under Professionals category: 82 film entry was received and 35 was nominated

About Vatavaran-2019

The four-day long festival was organized by Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) in collaboration with Centre for Media Studies (CMS). The MoEF&CC- 2019 Short Film Competition and Festival on Environment were announced by Union Environment Minister on 6 June 2019 during the celebrations of World Environment Day.

The festival was organized, exclusively on Environment and Wildlife along with 10th Competitive edition of CMS VATAVARAN. In a first, VATAVARAN-2019 festival was inaugurated at New Delhi by Union Minister Suresh Prabhu, who is also Chair of 2019 Awards Jury of CMS VATAVARAN.

During the festival, a range of workshops, discussions, seminars, interactions were also being organized to churn innovative ideas, paving a path for new talents and creative minds in stream of film making with a sense of responsibility towards Environment.

Vision 2040 document: Aviation

The Union Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu released the Vision 2040 document in the Global Aviation Summit 2019. The Global Aviation Summit 2019 is organized in Mumbai with the theme ‘Flying for All’.

Forecasts of the Vision Document

The forecasts of the Vision 2040 document are:

  • The document estimates that India will need 200 airports and an investment of $40-50 billion to handle at least 1.1 billion passengers flying to, from and within the country.
  • It is estimated that passenger traffic (to, from and within India) for FY 2040 would be 1.1 billion, which is six times the 187 million traffic recorded in FY 2018.
  • Most of the airports’ passenger capacity will saturate in the next 15 years and India will have to nearly double the count from 99 to 200.
  • Even the second airports in regions like Delhi and Mumbai would be saturated by 2040 and will require a third airport.
  • In order to cater to this huge passenger traffic, India will have to holistically develop airports having all stakeholders on board. This has to be coupled with providing quality service to flyers.
  • The scheduled airline fleet will rise from 622, at the end of March 2018, to 2,360 till March 2040.
  • Even though India is a “price sensitive” market, gradual rise in per capita incomes, increased (perceived) value of ‘time’, propensity for leisure and tourism will lead to more and more Indians using airways as a medium to travel.

Recommendations made in the Vision Document

The Vision Document makes the following recommendations:

  • Ushering in amendments to Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Restructuring Act, 2013 and adopting “land-pooling” techniques to develop newer airports.
  • Lower Goods and Services Tax (GST) since taxes add pressure on the airline’s bottom line.
  • Aviation turbine fuel (ATF) to be brought under GST.

The Vision document for 2040 also addresses areas of concerns for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), human resource development, aviation safety and security, ground handling mechanism, air navigation and remotely piloted aircraft (drones).