Introduction of comprehensive Anti-hijacking Bill 2014





Introduction of comprehensive Anti-hijacking Bill 2014

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for introduction of the comprehensive Anti-Hijacking Bill 2014. The current law, the Anti-Hijacking Act, 1982, was last amended in 1994.

After the hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight IC-814 in December, 1999, it was felt necessary for providing the award of death penalty to perpetrators of the act of hijacking. The incident of 9/11, where aircrafts were used as weapons, also created the need to further amend the existing Act.
The Anti-Hijacking (Amendment) Bill, 2010 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in August, 2010. During the process of amendment, a global diplomatic Conference was held at Beijing in August-September, 2010. India is a signatory to the Beijing Protocol signed at the Conference. This Protocol brought out new principal offences combined with ancillary offences, enlarged the scope of ‘hijacking’, expanded jurisdiction and strengthened extradition and mutual assistance regimes. The Bill provides death punishment for the offence of the highjacking, where such offence results in the death of a hostage or of a security personal; or with imprisonment for life and the moveable and immoveable property of such persons shall also be liable to be confiscated.
Keeping in view these facts, the Cabinet has given approval for:-
i. Ratification of the Beijing Protocol, 2010;
ii. Repealing of the Anti-Hijacking Act, 1982 as amended in 1994;
iii. Withdrawal of the Anti-Hijacking Amendment Bill, 2010 and
iv. Introduction of a new Anti-Hijacking Bill, 2014.
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Medical Certificate not Mandatory for Wheel Chairs

Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma informed the Rajya Sabha today that it is not mandatory for the sick passengers to produce a medical certificate to avail wheel chairs at airports. As per Para 4.1.26 of Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR), Section -3 Air Transport, Series M, Part -I for "Carriage by Air of persons with Reduced Mobility", passengers with disability or reduced mobility are required to inform airlines at the time of booking of air ticket about their requirements for assistance. However, separate requirement to produce medical certificate, for availing wheel chair facility by sick passenger, have not been specified in the CAR, and hence it is not mandatory.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation has issued Air Transport Circular 01 of 2014 on facilities/courtesies to esteemed travelling public at airports. The Circular mandates the provision of automated buggies free of charge for all senior citizens, expectant mothers and disabled passengers in the terminal building to facilitate their access to boarding gates located beyond reasonable walking distances at all airports having annual aircraft movement of 50,000 or more. SThis facility may be extended to other needy passengers on demand basis free of charge.
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AI Takes Cost Cutting Measures

Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma informed the Rajya Sabha today that Air India has taken various cost cutting measures, which are as follows:
1. Route rationalization of erstwhile AI & IA routes and elimination of route network involving parallel operations
2. Rationalization of certain loss making routes
3. Phasing out of old fleet and consequential reduction in maintenance cost.
4. Freezing of employment in non-operational areas
5. Enhanced utilization of new fleet resulting in production of higher ASKMs
6. Closure of overseas offline offices at certain locations
7. Introduction of PSS (Passenger Service System) to have single code and SAP ERP based solutions throughout the organization in terms of increase in revenue and decrease in Cost
8. Plans to Operationalize Subsidiary Companies such as AIATSL and AIESL and transfer of manpower and equipment to these subsidiary companies

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