Ministry of Civil Aviation in India – नागर विमानन मंत्रालय
The Ministry of Civil Aviation or MOCA is a body that is accountable for formulating national programmes and policies for the regulation and development of India’s Civil Aviation Sector. It has its headquarters at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan, in New Delhi, the capital of India. Its responsibility is to administer the 1937 Aircraft Rules, the 1934 Aircraft Act and other legislation related to the country’s aviation sector.
The Ministry exercises administrative authority over autonomous and attached organizations such as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udan Academy and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security. MOCA also monitors affiliated Public Sectors like Airports Authority of India, Pawan Hans Helicopter Limited and National Aviation Company of India. The Ministry of Civil Aviation is also the administrative head of the Commission of Railway Safety that takes care of the safety of the rail passengers. The Civil Aviation Minister is the deciding head of MOCA. One of the Aeronautical training centre, Lucknow located in Uttar Pradesh.
Let us learn about some of the autonomous-attached organizations of the Ministry of Civil Aviation:
- Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA)
- Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Academy (IGRUA)
Schemes and Missions
AirSewa – Online Flight Details, Airport Information and Grievance Redressal
Directorate General of Civil Aviation
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation or DGCA is the governing body in the Department of Civil Aviation, mainly taking care of safety issues. It has the responsibility of regulating the air transport facilities from/ within/ to India and enforcing air safety, airworthiness standards and air regulations for civilians. The DGCA has also been coordinating multiple regulatory functions with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization).
At present, the private airlines dominate the aviation industry in India. They have made traveling affordable with the introduction of low-cost flights.
- Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS)
- Commission of Railway Safety
- Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)
BCAS or Bureau of Civil Aviation Security
The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security initially used to be a Cell in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The Indian Government created the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security of BCAS in the year 1978, in January. It became an independent department in 1987, on 1st April. At present Ministry of Civil Aviation directly monitors it.
BCAS has its headquarters in New Delhi’s Janpath Bhavan. It has regional offices situated at four international airports, namely, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Delhi. Its basic responsibilities are:
- Stating the Aviation Security Standards
- Implementing and monitoring security rules and conducting surveys
- Making sure that they only recruit trained people as the in-charges security controls
- Coordinating and planning better aviation security
Organizing mock exercises for testing efficacy of the Contingency Plans.
PSUs and Joint Ventures
- Air India Limited
- Airports Authority of India (AAI)
- Pawan Hans Limited (PHL)
Ministry of Civil Aviation Website: http://www.civilaviation.gov.in
Phone Number: 011 2463 2950
Email Id: email@example.com
Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Block-B,
Safdarjung Airport, Vasant Vihar,
New Delhi – 110057,