Cabinet Approves Aircraft Amendment Bill, Ensuring Safety of Air Travellers

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The Cabinet on Wed approved the Aircraft Amendment Bill, 2019 in the Parliament. The Bill is meant to carry out amendments to the aircraft Act, 1934 (XXII of 1934).

Aircraft Amendment Bill, 2019

  • Maximum limit of fine enhanced from the existing INR 10 Lakhs to INR 1 Crore.
  • The bill to include regulation of all areas of Air Navigation.
  • To enhance the safety and security of aircraft operations in the country.
  • To enable effective functioning of civil aviation regulatory bodies.

The projected amendments would fulfill the protection requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). this will additionally enable the 3 regulatory bodies within the civil aviation sector in India—Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) to become more effective, the release said.

“This (the Bill) will lead to an improvement in the level of safety and security of aircraft operations in the country,” it added.

According to a PTI report, ICAO, which is the United Nation’s global aviation watchdog, had disbursed the Universal Safety Oversight audit program for India in November 2017 and in February 2018. The audit result showed that the country’s score declined to 57.44% from 65.82% earlier, placing India below Pakistan and Nepal.

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An ICAO team had visited India in November 2018 yet and assessed the action taken on problems associated with three areas that were audited by the ICAO in November 2015. Those pertained to aerodromes and ground aids, air navigation services (ANS) and aircraft accident and incident investigation.

Currently, India’s score is less than the world average of 65th on ICAO’s board.

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