The DGCA that has been embroiled in controversies over the past few years is being made redundant as per the Aviation Ministry's new proposal

Having learnt a lesson from the tragic Mangalore air crash last year, which killed 150 people, and the more recent fake pilot scam, the Ministry of Civil Aviation is proposing new measures to tackle the inefficiency in the functioning of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

A proposal to strengthen the existing structure of Indian civil aviation industry by transforming the DGCA into an independent civil aviation authority is on the anvil. In such a scenario, the proposed civil aviation authority relieving the DGCA of the same will handle the administration and regulation of civil aviation safety.

Several other announcements were made at the international aviation conference being held yesterday.

Prominent among them were suggestions to set up a National Aviation University and an Ombudsman for customer grievances. "The existing structure of DGCA will be transformed into a Civil Aviation Authority. There will also be an independent investigation agency that will investigate all accidents. Also, based on an international survey we have decided to compose an advanced aviation security force for better security at airports and appoint an Ombudsman to handle complaints," said Nasim Zaidi, Secretary of Civil aviation.

However, he also informed that services of CISF would continue. However, no deadline was mentioned for the implementation of the proposals. To which Minister of Civil Aviation, Vayalar Ravi, replied, "You know how the government functions," the minister said with a grin. The minister, however, agreed that there are issues related to the functioning of DGCA and the recent fake pilot scam raised serious questions on the functioning of DGCA.

"With the proposed new look, the civil aviation authority can increase its manpower by hiring new people. An announcement related to National Aviation University was also made. The proposal of starting a National Aviation University is in its final stage, and we'll soon announce the place and structure," said the minister.

However, the setting up of an ombudsman is pending with the ministry since February and no decision has been taken.