Aircraft (Amendment) Bill 2020
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Legislations & GS-III – Infrastructure – Airways
- Recently, Indian Parliament has passed the Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in the Rajya Sabha approving it. The Bill has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.
- It 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 – (1) Directorate General of Civil Aviation; (2) the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security; (3) Aircraft Accidents Investigation Bureau.
- Under the bill, each of these bodies will be headed by a Director General who will be appointed by the centre.
- The Bill raises the maximum limit on fines from 10 lakh rupees to one crore rupees.
- These fines are related to carrying arms, explosives and other dangerous goods aboard aircraft and constructing building or structures within the specified radius around an aerodrome reference point.