India's Civil Aviation Minister, Jyotiraditya Scindia, took center stage in a recent Rajya Sabha session, ardently emphasizing the government's steadfast commitment to ensuring air passenger safety and security. The minister addressed a query raised by Member of Parliament, Kartikeya Sharma, where he provided a comprehensive outline of the penalties that airlines and airports face when they fail to comply with established safety norms.
BCAS and DGCA: The Guardians of Aviation Safety
Scindia went on to detail the roles of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). BCAS, he explained, maintains a hawk-eyed vigilance on airport security, while the DGCA is entrusted with the critical responsibility of enforcing safety measures through the Civil Aviation Rules (CAR).
Passenger Rights: Flight Cancellations and Delays
The minister then turned his focus to the topic of flight cancellations, assuring the house that the process for such events was stringent. He clarified that airlines were obligated to either accommodate or provide compensation to passengers in instances of flight delays or cancellations.
Highlighting the DGCA's stern action against Air India for failing to provide adequate passenger facilities during flight disruptions, Scindia underscored the government's commitment to protecting passenger rights.
UDAN Scheme and Aviation Sector's Resilience
Scindia also took the opportunity to spotlight the success of the Udey Desh ka Aam Aadmi (UDAN) scheme, a government initiative that has facilitated air travel for 130,000 passengers since its launch in 2017. He posited that this scheme was proof that the aviation sector was on track to become a significant pillar in India's transportation infrastructure.
In response to concerns regarding flight cancellations and delays due to fog, the minister presented data demonstrating the aviation sector's operational resilience. He reported minimal percentages of flight disruptions due to fog, further reinforcing the government's commitment to maintaining operational efficiency in the aviation sector.