Government is considering a proposal to set up Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which would be a new regulator in the sector by replacing the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Government wants to replace DGCA with the proposed regulator because the former has limited delegation of financial powers and hence it is “incapable of making adequate structural changes” to meet the demands of a dynamic civil aviation sector.
The proposed regulator will have full operational and financial autonomy and it would administer and regulate civil aviation safety and manage safety oversight over air transport operators.
Further, it would regulate air service navigation operators and operators of other civil aviation facilities.
The proposed regulator will also deal with safety measures taken by airlines and the impact of financial stress on these measures.
The CAA would also address issues relating to consumer protection and environment regulations in civil aviation sector.
Thus, the proposed CAA would have more administrative and financial power to deal with the fast-changing aviation scenario.
The CAA is being established to meet the standards set by UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and in line with aviation regulators in other countries like the US’ Federal Aviation Administration and UK’s CAA.
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