Aviation Ministry to table Civil Aviation Authority Bill to replace DGCA

New Delhi, Feb. 20 (ANI): Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Wednesday said the ministry will introduce the proposed Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Bill in the second part of the Budget Session of parliament.

Talking to mediapersons at a press conference here, Singh said that CCA will consist of a chairperson, a director general, and seven to nine members, including five full-time members of the board and will have operational and financial autonomy.

"There has been a lot of criticism of DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation). And the reason has been that the work has gone up quite a bit. So if you compare the years of 2005-06 to 2011-12, the passenger traffic has gone up from 7.3 million to 16.2 million during these years. Aircraft movement has gone up from 8.38 lakhs to15.4 lakhs," said Singh.

Singh identified problems relating to the prolonged recruitment process and limited financial powers of DGCA, to be the main reasons behind its improper functioning in the recent past.

"Partly the problem is that there is a very lengthy cumbersome recruitment process through UPSC and so, DGCA, has appointed some consultants to carry out the work. But getting the adequate and well-trained manpower has been a problem. Second thing is the limited delegation of financial powers," he added.

The CAA members will be appointed by the government on the basis of recommendations, made by a selection committee that will be headed by the Cabinet Secretary.

The CAA will look after their recruitment and will have the executive power.

Being a financially independent body, it will be self-funded and the funds would be generated from the passengers and air-navigation service provider.

However, Singh said that it would not regulate the passenger airfares. Besides these avenues, it would be supported by budgetary allocations. (ANI)

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