Directorate-General of Civil Aviation Current Affairs - 2019

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Civil Aviation Minister orders setting up a mechanism to regularly Monitor Airfares

Union Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri has ordered setting up a mechanism to regularly monitor airfares in the country. With the setting up of new mechanism, the airfares will now be regularly monitored by Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Key Highlights

The Aviation Ministry move to set up a mechanism in Civil Aviation Ministry and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to monitor air fares on a regular basis is to keep an eye on how airlines pricing is working.

With monitoring of airfares on an ongoing basis, the Ministry can get some learning from that and then discuss it with airlines.

However, Aviation Ministry clarified that the government currently does not have any intention to regularise the fares.

Centre is also concerned about higher taxes on aviation turbine fuel (ATF), and has also requested state governments to reduce excise duty on it.

Besides this the aviation ministry, had also raised concern over pricing war between airlines that analysts believe is primary reason for losses of airline industry.

Arun Kumar appointed as DGCA Director General

Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved appointment of Arun Kumar, Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor, to Union Ministry of Civil Aviation as the new Director General (DG) in Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in rank and pay of Additional Secretary.

About Arun Kumar

He is 1989 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.

He is currently serving as additional secretary in Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and will now be holding full-time charge as Chief of aviation regulator DGCA.

He was heading DGCA as an additional charge between 31 May 31 and 9 July 2019.

Predecessor: He will succeed B S Bhullar who was appointed as full-time DGCA chief in December 2016. He is an IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh (UP) cadre. In between June 2016 and December 2016, he was also heading DGCA as additional charge. During his tenure, his main role was as additional secretary in Ministry of Civil Aviation.

About Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)

It is regulatory body in field of Civil Aviation primarily dealing with safety issues. It is headquartered in New Delhi with regional offices in various parts of India.

It is an attached office of Union Ministry of Civil Aviation which is responsible for regulation of air transport services to or from or within India and for enforcement of civil air regulations, air safety and airworthiness standards.

It is also responsible for coordinating all regulatory functions with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).