Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Lok Sabha discusses Bill to give statutory status to aviation regulators

In a bid to improve India's aviation safety ratings, the government on Tuesday moved amendments to the Aircraft Act, 1934 to provide statutory status to regulatory institutions, including the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has suggested for proper recognition to the aviation regulators.
Moving the Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020 for discussion and passage in Lok Sabha, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep S Puri said there was a need to provide statutory backing to the DGCA, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) as these bodies were set up under executive order. He assured Lok Sabha that the aviation sector would emerge out of the current challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak, which forced countries around the globe to impose travel restrictions. The Bill also provides for keeping aircraft belonging to the country's armed forces outside the purview of the Aircraft Act, 1934.
The Bill also proposes to increase the fine amount for violations of new rules from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 1 crore. Participating in the debate on the Bill, M K Vishnu Prasad of the Congress said cases of "near miss" in the skies have increased many folds in the recent years. Therefore, there is a need to augment human resources at air traffic controls to avoid mid-air collisions, he said.
17/03/20 PTI/Deccan Herald
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