No compromise on air safety: Ajit Singh

Last Updated: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 21:54

New Delhi: The Government will not tolerate
any violation of safety norms on which there will be no
compromise, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh asserted on Sunday.

"The Civil Aviation Ministry will not tolerate any
violation of safety norms. There will be no compromise on air
safety," Singh told reporters here.

He was asked to comment on aviation regulator Directorate
General of Civil Aviation`s (DGCA) finding that financial
distress was leading airlines to violate laid down safety
norms.
"DGCA`s job is to constantly monitor these issues and
pull up the airlines if they fail to fulfil these norms," he
said.

A financial audit carried out by DGCA found that
widespread sickness in the aviation industry was seriously
impacting safety of flight operations and recommended action
under Aircraft Rules and the Civil Aviation Requirements.

It has came down heavily on Kingfisher and Air India
Express for ignoring safety requirements and has also found
serious lapses on part of other carriers on major counts.
Airlines like IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, GoAir,
Alliance Air and JetLite have been rapped for issues like non-
reporting of incidents, lack of pilots, proper and regular
training, absence of qualified safety officials and non-
compliance of safety audits.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 21:54

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