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Lok Sabha passes Aircraft Act amendments


New Delhi : The Lok Sabha Monday passed a bill to amend the Aircraft Act of 1934 that seeks to give more powers to the government in areas like regulation, licensing, certification, safety and penalties.

“The existing powers of the Directorate General for Civil Aviation to issue directions needed to be amended,” a civil aviation ministry statement said, explaining the need for the amendment in the Aircraft Act.

The Rajya Sabha will now take up the bill when it reconvenes.

Other provisions of the bill seek to give the regulator the power to stop slaughtering of animals within 10-km radius of airports in a bid to prevent bird-hits.

The original act did not prescribe penalties for violating some rules. The bill seeks to amend relevant portions of the act to make the violations punishable. The bill also seeks to regulate foreign aircraft registered in India.