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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launching the UDAN – Regional Connectivity Scheme for Civil Aviation - by flagging-off the first UDAN flight from Shimla, on April 27, 2017.
	The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Virbhadra Singh and the Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Shri R.N. Choubey are also seen.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launching the UDAN – Regional Connectivity Scheme for Civil Aviation - by flagging-off the first UDAN flight from Shimla, on April 27, 2017. The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Virbhadra Singh and the Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Shri R.N. Choubey are also seen.

PM launches UDAN – Regional Connectivity Scheme for Civil Aviation

Newdelhi(PIB)27/4/17:The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today launched UDAN – the Regional Connectivity Scheme for civil aviation, from Shimla Airport. Under this scheme, flights have begun today from Shimla, Nanded and Kadapa Airports.

The Prime Minister also unveiled an e-plaque to mark the laying of Foundation Stone of a Hydro Engineering College at Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh.

The Prime Minister addressed the gathering at Shimla Airport, and also at Nanded and Kadapa via video link.

He said the lives of the middle class are being transformed, and their aspirations are rising. He said that given the right chance, they can do wonders. He added that the aviation sector in India is filled with opportunity. Mentioning the scheme name – UDAN – Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik – he said that aviation was once considered the domain of a select few, but that has changed now. He said the new civil aviation policy marks an opportunity to cater to the aspirations of the people of India. He said Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities are becoming growth engines, and enhanced aviation connectivity between them will be beneficial. He said the UDAN scheme will help the tourism sector in Himachal Pradesh.

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About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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