DGCA to get penal powers

According to media reports the Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey feels that there is no provision for levying penalties and the enablement should happen

Regulator  Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and aviation security agency BCAS are all set to get powers to impose fines on violators, with the government preparing to amend the legislation in this regard. This would give teeth and leeway to the DGCA and Bureau of Civil 
Aviation Security (BCAS) in dealing with instances of violations amid the domestic sector witnessing over 20 per cent sustained growth in passenger traffic.
The government plans to amend the Aircraft Act, 1934 and it is likely to be taken up during the winter session of Parliament starting next month.
In the draft Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the ministry has also proposed various other changes such as increasing the quantum of fine that can be imposed under this law to up to Rs 1 crore from existing level of Rs 10 lakh.
Currently, there are stringent provisions in place for DGCA to deal with violations at various levels, including those related to airlines, pilots, crew members and other entities.
The watchdog can debar, suspend and even cancel the permission to fly for the carriers as well as individual pilots and engineers but cannot impose any monetary penalty.
Choubey told the news agencies that if there is any irregularity then the licence has to be suspended of the entire airline for a certain time. That is the extreme punishment. There is no provision for anything in between.“We are saying that unless something is very severe, there should be some provision for levying fine,” he said.
The powers of BCAS — which primarily has the mandate to ensure security at airports — would also be strengthened with new provisions.
The Civil Aviation Ministry has already floated the draft amendments to Aircraft Act.
Source: News Agencies

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