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DGCA could be rechristened CAA

New Delhi . It could be the case of a paper tiger loosing its rubber teeth. A proposal to convert the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) into an autonomous regulatory body with more financial and administrative power, would soon be placed before the Government of India.

DGCA could be rechristened CAAA feasibility study to set up CAA was commissioned last October in technical cooperation with the ICAO with a view to improve the financial and administrative autonomy of DGCA and enabling it to discharge safety oversight functions more effectively.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has completed a study and recommended converting the DGCA into ‘Civil Aviation Authority of India’ (CAA), which would be set up in line with autonomous or semi-autonomous bodies like the US Federal Aviation Authority or the UK Civil Aviation Authority. “The proposal will be placed before the government in three to four weeks,” says DGCA chief SNA Zaidi.

According to the proposal, the entire regulatory and legal processes of the DGCA would be handled by the CAA, and the proposed CAA would have more flexibility in terms of its financing, administration and hiring of trained manpower, he said.

As India’s civil aviation regulatory body, the DGCA is responsible for regulating air transport services and for enforcing civil air safety and airworthiness standards. A separate organisation will be created to hold independent investigation into air incidents or accidents.

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