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RAJYA SABHA PASSES AIRCRAFT AMENDMENT BILL 2020

RAJYA SABHA PASSES AIRCRAFT AMENDMENT BILL 2020

Context

Recently, Parliament passed the Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

Key features of the Bill

  • It seeks to improve India’s aviation safety ratings.
  • It also provides statutory status to regulatory institutions, including the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
  • It seeks to amend the Aircraft Act, 1934, which regulates manufacture, possession, use, operation, sale, import and export of civil aircraft, and licensing of aerodromes.
  • It seeks to convert three aviation regulatory bodies under the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) –Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), and the Aircraft Accidents Investigation Bureau (AAIB) – into statutory bodies, where each will be headed by a Director-General who will be appointed by the Centre.
  • The statutory status of these bodies will help to improve India’s aviation safety rank suggested by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
  • It provides for keeping aircraft belonging to the country’s armed forces outside the purview of the Aircraft Act, 1934.
  • It proposes to increase the fine amount for violations of new rules from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 1 crore.
  • As per the Bill, DGCA will have safety oversight and regulatory functions, whereas BCAS will carry out regulatory activities related to civil aviation security.

About Directorate General of Civil Aviation

  • It is the statutory body formed under the Aircraft Bill, 2020.
  • It investigates aviation accidents and incidents.
  • It is headquartered along Sri Aurobindo Marg, opposite Safdarjung Airport, in New Delhi.

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