Govt seeks `zero tolerance policy` towards aviation safety

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 20:46

New Delhi: With several air mishaps
occurring in the recent past, the government on Wednesday sought a
`zero tolerance policy` towards aviation safety as state
governments agreed to implement all regulations in that regard
within three months.

Issues concerning aviation safety and security were
the focus of discussions at a meeting of State Aviation
Secretaries which was one of the first in the recent past.
The meeting came after a series of accidents like the
Mangalore and Faridabad air crashes and helicopter accidents,
two of which claimed the lives of Andhra Pradesh and Arunachal
Pradesh chief ministers Y S R Reddy and Dorjee Khandu.

Addressing the day-long session, Civil Aviation
Secretary Nasim Zaidi asked state governments to implement at
the earliest the series of rules and regulations on safety,
brought out by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

An official spokesperson said the state government
representatives assured that these would be implemented in a
time-frame of three months.
Zaidi made it clear that the issue of security was
"indivisible and cannot be segregated between States and the
Centre".

Observing that there was an urgent need to harmonise
the security processes and procedures at all airports in the
country, he asked the states to ensure that the local police
personnel were well trained and proficient in their work as
those belonging to the Central Industrial Security Force which
guard all aviation installations.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 20:46

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