Rajya Sabha has taken up the Aircraft (Amendment) Bill 2020 for consideration and passing. The Bill seeks to amend the Aircraft Act, 1934.
It has provisions to convert three existing bodies under the Ministry of Civil Aviation into statutory bodies.
These three authorities are, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and the Aircraft Accidents Investigation Bureau.
Each of these bodies will be headed by a Director General who will be appointed by the centre.
Moving the Bill today, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, the Bill has given new definition to three bodies.
The Bill raises the maximum limit on fines from Rs.10 lakh to one crore. These fines are related to carrying arms, explosives and other dangerous goods aboard aircraft and constructing buildings or structures within the specified radius around an aerodrome reference point.
Initiating the discussion, K.C. Venugopal of Congress questioned the government’s move to lease out the airports including Trivandrum and Jaipur airports.
He accused the centre of favouring a particular company. G.V. Narshimha Rao of BJP said, the Aviation sector has seen transformational changes and the laws need to be changed accordingly.
He also lauded the Udaan Scheme saying that air prices have become cheaper and common man can afford it now. The discussion is underway.