Directorate General of Civil Aviation (India)
|Directorate General of Civil Aviation|
नागर विमानन महानिदेशालय
Directorate General of Civil Aviation, India
|Headquarters||New Delhi, India
|Minister responsible||Ajit Singh, Minister of Civil Aviation|
|Agency executive||Arun Mishra, Director General|
|Child agencies||Airports Authority of India
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is the Indian governmental regulatory body for civil aviation under the Ministry of Civil Aviation. This directorate investigates aviation accidents and incidents. It is headquartered along Sri Aurobindo Marg, opposite Safdarjung Airport, in New Delhi. The Government of India is planning to replace the organisation with a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), modelled on the lines of the American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Endeavour to promote safe and efficient Air Transportation through regulation and proactive safety oversight system.
These are classified and divided into the following:
- Administration Directorate.
- Aerodrome Standards Directorate.
- Air Safety Directorate.
- Air Transport Directorate.
- Airworthiness Directorate.
- Flight Standard Directorate.
- Information & Regulation Directorate.
- Aircraft Engineering Directorate.
- Directorate Of Flight Crew Licensing.
- Training Section.
- F.G. Section.
- Medical Section.
DGCA has fourteen Regional Airworthiness Offices (RAO) at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Cochin, Bhopal, Lucknow, Patna, Bhubaneshwar, Kanpur, Guwahati and Patiala. It has also five Regional Air Safety offices located at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. It has a Regional Research and Development Office located at Bangalore and a Gliding Centre at Pune.
Corruption charges in Fake license scam
The Director General of Civil Aviation faced charges of corruption in April 2011, after 14 pilots flying for several airlines were found to have forged their licenses. Additional director at the DGCA, Pradeep Kumar, and also Jyoti Bhattacharya and Mohammed K Ansari, dealing with cash and finances, have been arrested. However, it was found that the files containing the records of several pilots had disappeared from the DGCA offices. There were calls for a thorough investigation of the DGCA "top brass". E K Bharat Bhushan who took over as DGCA from Syed Ahmed Zaidi in December 2010 was dismissed with immediate effect by the Government, six days after his services were extended till year end. No reasons were spelt out for the dismissal. The charge of DGCA has been handed over to Prashant Sukul, temporarily. Sources, however, ascribed sudden removal of Bharat Bhushan to serious difference of opinion with the Civil Aviation Ministry over import of old aircraft and renewal of licences of non-scheduled operators. 
Civil Aviation Authority
The CAA has been envisaged as an autonomous regulatory body which will replace the DGCA and will meet standards set by the UN's International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The CAA will have separate departments to deal with safety, economic regulation and grievance resolution, as well as a full-fledged environment department. It will also have an independent accident investigation bureau. The Authority will also have the autonomy to recruit staff. Currently, the DGCA is understaffed and does not have any recruitment powers. The CAA will have administrative and financial powers similar to those of the American FAA. These powers will redefine the regulator's role and better equip it to face the challenges of the growing Aviation sector in the country. Employees working with DGCA will be transferred to the CAA.
The estimated cost of establishing the new Authority would be around Rs. 112 crore. The CAA would be self-financing and have a separate fund called the 'Civil Aviation Authority of India Fund' that would finance its entire expenses. It would have a Chairperson, a Director General and 7-9 members appointed by the Central Government. These members will be qualified in the fields of aviation safety, aircraft engineering, flight standard operations, aerodromes, air navigation systems and air space management.
- "Home page." Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Retrieved on 9 June 2009. "Aurbindo Marg, Opp. Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi 110 003, INDIA "
- "Aviation Ministry moots to replace DGCA with a Super-regulator". India Today. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
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- Bhattacharyya, Abhijit. "SCANDALS OF THE SKIES." The Daily Telegraph. "That the corruption and greed run deep can be gauged by the fact that the files of the pilots under the scanner have gone missing."
- "DGCA chief Bharat Bhushan dismissed". The Times Of India. 10 July 2012.
- "Prashant Sukul replaces Bharat Bhushan as Directorate General of Civil Aviation Chief". The Times Of India. 11 July 2012.
- "Turbulence over old planes’ import led to DGCA exit". 12 July 2012.
- "Bill to replace DGCA by new aviation regulator likely to be tabled in Parliament: report". NDTV Profit. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
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