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India’s Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs (I/C); Civil Aviation (I/C); & MoS Commerce & Industry. Former diplomat & author.
3 Feb
A litany of lies is one of the many tools of misinformation being used to discredit the #FarmLaws & derail the negotiations by vested interest groups. 

That these laws were not debated & 'rushed through' top the list of such canards.

Here are the facts. Economic Survey 2021 mentions that 15 committees formed between 2001-2020 by different govts deliberated the farm reforms. Unlike the fake narrative the laws were clearly not 'rushed.' Many of those now vitiating the narrative have supported these for decades.
Then again, if those who are now egging on the farmers were as serious about their opposition to the laws 36 opposition members should not have been absent when RS debated these laws for more than 4 hours on 20 Sept 2020.
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1 Feb
Govt led by PM Sh @narendramodi ji has taken effective steps to strengthen the economy under #AatmanirbharBharat Abhiyan. #Budget2021 announced by FM @nsitharaman Ji is a budget of New & Self Reliant India which gives further boost to Indian industry & manufacturing sector. ImageImageImageImage
Policies to make it easy for foreign investors to invest in India's infrastructure projects have been proposed in #Budget2021. Customs duty has been reduced on several inputs and raw materials to push manufacturing in India. ImageImageImageImage
Mega Investment Textile Parks, Atmanirbhar Bharat PLI schemes, Phased manufacturing plan for solar cells & India national infrastructure pipeline will propel our next phase of growth.
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1 Feb
The govt led by PM Sh @narendramodi Ji has proposed to work towards raising the share of public transport in urban areas through expansion of metro rail network & augment of city bus service under #AatmaNirbharBharatKaBudget2021. ImageImage
A new scheme will be launched at a cost of ₹18,000 cr to support augmentation of public bus transport services. It will facilitate deployment of innovative PPP models to enable private sector players to finance, acquire, operate & maintain over 20,000 buses.
The scheme will boost the automobile sector, provide fillip to economic growth, create employment & enhance ease of mobility. 

MetroLite/MetroNeo will be deployed to provide metro rail systems at lesser cost in Tier-2 cities & peripheral areas of Tier-1 cities.
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22 Dec 20
Classic case of a lazy opposition!

If Sh @digvijaya_28 had done some homework & checked his facts, he would have discovered that the proposal for the New Parliament Building had been around even when his party was in power.
The same sentiment of the then Hon'ble Lok Sabha Speaker Smt Meira Kumar Ji was conveyed by her OSD in 2012 when he emphasised this demand in a letter to the then Secretary, Urban Development.
Even the then Rural Development Minister @Jairam_Ramesh had said in his interview given to @The_Hindu in 2012, that “we badly need a new parliament building. This one simply isn’t functional and is outdated.”
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24 Oct 20
In order to promote Agri-produce export, GoI has launched Krishi Udan Scheme, which provides waiver of landing & parking charges by AAI for Indian freighters & P2C (Passenger to Cargo aircraft). 

@MSBADAL @PIB_India @BJP4Punjab @MoCA_GoI @rajchengappa
The concession is available only if Agri-produce accounts for over 50% percent of total chargeable weight of cargo carried. Amritsar Sahib, Adampur, Bathinda, Pathankot, Chandigarh & Ludhiana airports are included in the Scheme.
India follows a very liberal Air Cargo Policy. Foreign &Indian carriers can operate scheduled international cargo flights from any point in India, including Amritsar Sahib &Chandigarh. Spicejet has also undertaken 14 Cargo flights on Delhi-Amritsar-Moscow route, since April 2020.
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22 Aug 20
പൊതു മേഖലയും സ്വകാര്യ മേഖലയും കൂടിയുള്ള പങ്കാളിത്തത്തിൽ (Public Private Partnership) ഉള്ള വിമാനത്താവള വികസന സംരംഭങ്ങളുടെ കാര്യത്തിൽ കേരളം വളരെ മുന്നിലാണ്. ഇന്ത്യയിൽ ആദ്യത്ത PPP അടിസ്ഥാനത്തിലുള്ള എയർ പോർട്ട് CIAL കൊച്ചിയിലാണ് ഉയർന്നു വന്നത്.
വർഷം1.3 കോടി passenger capacity ഉള്ള CIAL, 2019- 20 വർഷം COVID-19 നു മുമ്പുള്ള കാലയളവു കണക്കിൽ എടുത്താൽ 96.2 ലക്ഷം യാത്രക്കാരെ കൈകാര്യം ചെയ്ത് വളരെ വിജയകരമായ രീതിയിൽ പ്രവർത്തിച്ചു വരുന്നു.
അതു പോലെ കേരളത്തിൽ ഉള്ള ഒരു വിജയകരമായ PPP സംരംഭത്തിൻ്റെ ഉദാഹരണമാണ് കണ്ണൂർ വിമാനത്താവളം. യഥാർത്ഥത്തിൽ കൊച്ചി എയർപോർട്ടിൻ്റെ ശിലാസ്ഥാപനം 1994 ലെ UDF ഭരണകാലത്തും ഉദ്ഘാടനം 1999ൽ LDF ഭരണകാലത്തും ആയിരുന്നു.
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21 Aug 20
Kerala is the pioneer as far as airports under Public Private Partnership are concerned. First PPP airport in India came up in Kochi in Kerala. It is a successfully run airport with a capacity of 13 Million Passengers Per Annum & was handling 9.62 MPPA in 2019-20 before COVID19.
Another very successful example of PPP mode is Kannur, also situated in Kerala. In fact, it was during the UDF regime in Kerala that the foundation for Kochi airport was laid in 1994 & the airport was inaugurated in 1999 during LDF regime.
Now, Kerala Government, running two very successful airports in PPP mode, is opposing the handing over of Thiruvananthapuram airport under PPP mode. It has come to my knowledge that an all-party meeting in Kerala has opposed the PPP model at Thiruvananthapuram airport.
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20 Aug 20
Parallel narratives can be no match for facts.

A campaign has been launched against the decision to privatise the Thiruvananthapuram airport.

Here are the facts.
GoI granted "In principle" approval on 08.11.2018 for leasing out the operations, management & development of six (06) AAI Airports viz Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Mangaluru, Jaipur, Guwahati & Thiruvananthapuram Airports through PPP mode.
In their representation that followed thereafter on 21.11.2018, GoK requested that Thiruvananthapuram International Airport be delinked from the PPP process. They also cited their experience in development of Greenfield airports at Cochin & Kannur.
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8 Jun 20
A New Low.
"Those wanting to come back to Bharat or fly out are more than fed up with Vande Bharat."
Who are these people who are 'fed up?'
Are they the nearly 70,000 people who have returned to India or the more than 17000 who have flown out?

Are those who booked 22K online tickets to US-Canada within few hours of opening of bookings on 5/6 June, or the 22K who will book their tickets when return bookings open up tonight, the ones who are 'fed up?'
Or are these 'fed up' people those 100K who flew out on foreign charters or the 38K Indians who flew in?
"AirIndia is getting flak for what customers say exorbitant & arbitrary pricing"
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7 Jun 20
Due to increasing demand for resumption of scheduled international flights by people who want to travel abroad due to compelling reasons, I reviewed the state of international flight operations around the world.

Globally the situation is far from normal.

@MoCA_GoI @PIB_India
Most countries have less than 10% international operations because they are allowing entry only to their own citizens & have placed restrictions on foreign nationals.

Many are allowing inbound flights from few countries but have also placed restrictions of quarantine/isolation.
We have let outbound passengers on VBM flights to fly to countries which allow them entry. More than 13500 people have flown out of India. @airindiain has sold another 22000 tickets for flights to US & Canada yesterday (5-6 June).Bookings for Europe & other places will open soon.
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24 May 20
Latest guidelines on domestic & international travel have been issued by @MoHFW_INDIA

I hope travellers strictly follow these self-regulatory norms & strengthen India's hands in this fight against COVID19. Remember, each one of us is a soldier against the pandemic.

According to the guidelines, asymptomatic domestic passengers will be permitted to go with the advice that they shall self-monitor their health for 14 days. In case, they develop any symptoms, they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the state/national call center.
In case of international travellers, they shall give an undertaking that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days including 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health.
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