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Civil Aviation Authority receives in-principle nod to replace DGCA

A bill to replace the DGCA by a new aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), with full operational and financial autonomy is likely to be tabled in the upcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament.

The Union Cabinet, at its meeting on Thursday, accorded in- principle approval to the proposal of the Civil Aviation Ministry, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said after the meeting.

The bill to establish the CAA is likely to be brought in the Monsoon Session, he said.

The Civil Aviation Authority would replace the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and administer and regulate civil aviation safety, manage safety oversight over air transport operators, air service navigation operators and operators of other civil aviation facilities.Interestingly, the proposed CAA, like the DGCA, would also deal with matters relating to financial stress on safety of air operations, as witnessed in connection with the closure of the bankrupt Kingfisher Airlines last year.

Issues relating to consumer protection and environment regulations in civil aviation sector would also be addressed by the CAA, according to the draft legislation. The proposed authority would have a Chairperson, a Director General and 7-9 members, including five whole-time members.
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