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Revisit Aircraft Act 1934 to bring out comprehensive bill: Parliamentary panel

Feb 7, 2014 09:09 IST

A Parliamentary Panel on Transport, Tourism and Culture headed by Sitaram Yechury on 6 February 2014 submitted its report on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of India Bill, 2013 to Parliament. The parliamentary panel has asked the government to come out with a comprehensive Bill after revisiting the Aircraft Act 1934. It has been suggested to revisiting the Aircraft Act 1934 because it felt that the Act is too old to tackle the emerging problems in the aviation sector.

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In its recommendation, the panel feels that the Chairperson of Civil Aviation Authority of India should be part-time only as there exists possibility of deadlock between a full time Chairperson and the Director General would be imminent. In its recommendation, it has also suggested to increase the number of experts in the selection committee for the appointment of Chairperson, DG and full-time members of the Authority.

Background
Earlier in August 2013, a bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha that seeks the replacement of Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) by a new regulator for the Indian aviation sector, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha by KC Venugopal, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation as Civil Aviation Authority of India Bill 2013 to provide the CAA full operational and financial autonomy to regulate all issues concerned with civil aviation safety and protects the interests of consumers in a fast-changing aviation system.

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UN-body International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the US regulator Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after carrying out audits of the DGCA in 2013 pointed towards the unsatisfactory situation after, which the bill was brought by the government. The bill seeks replacement of DGCA by CAA which would administer and regulate civil aviation safety and manage safety oversight over air transport operators, operators of other civil aviation facilities and air service navigation operators.

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