NEW REGULATOR TO REPLACE DGCA
As per the Minister of Civil Aviation Ajit Singh, with a view to revamp and strengthen the regulatory authority, the Ministry of Civil Aviation is working on replacing the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) with a new regulatory body to be designated as Civil Aviation Authority. A bill to this effect will be introduced in the winter session of Parliament. A draft document on the proposed Civil Aviation Authority has been circulated to the various agencies in the country involved in civil aviation including the Indian Air Force, for their views and comments. The DGCA had been in the news lately for the somewhat unceremonious removal of its head E.K. Bharat Bhushan, soon after he was granted extension by the government. The action by the government was described as a “routine administrative measure”.