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Ministry of Civil Aviation

Ministry of Civil Aviation forms national policies and programs for the progress of the Civil Aviation sector in India. It administers laws regarding the civil aviation sector such as Aircraft Act 1937 and Aircraft Rules 1937. This Ministry has control over autonomous organizations and PSUs attached to it. Hardeep Singh Puri is the Minister of States (Independent Charge) for the Civil Aviation Ministry.




Hardeep Singh Puri

Shree Hardeep Singh Puri is an IFS officer of batch 1974. He was a permanent representative of India to the United Nations between 2009 to 2013. He is currently serving the Minister of Civil Aviation in the Modi Government. Puri is an elected member of Rajya Sabha. Formerly, Hardeep Singh Puri was the president of the United Nations Security Council and a chairman of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee. Mr. Puri is an author of two books viz. Perilous Interventions: The Security Council and the Politics of Chaos and Delusional Politics: Back To The Future.


Autonomous Bodies

1) Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA):

It primarily deals with the issues of safety and is a regulatory body. DGCA is responsible for regulating air transport services from/within/to India and enforces civil regulations, air safety, and airworthiness standards. DGCA co-ordinates regulatory functions with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)

2) Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS):

BCAS lays down the measures and standards concerning to security of civil flights and various domestic and international airports in India.

3) Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA):

This is a pilot training school, an autonomous institute, under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India. IGRUA was established in 1985, in the Amethi of Uttar Pradesh by late PM Rajiv Gandhi.


Attached PSUs

1) Air India:

Air India is a government-owned enterprise headquartered in Delhi. Air India serves 94 domestic and 60 international destinations. Sir J. R. D. Tata founded this airline as Tata Airlines in the year 1932. It is one of the PSUs of the Indian Government which is suffering heavy losses. Attempts are being made for its privatization.

2) Airport Authority of India:

Airport Authority of India (AAI) is entrusted with the responsibility of constructing, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure in India. AAI provides Communication Navigation Surveillance/ Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) across India’s airspace and nearby oceanic areas. Airport Authority of India manages a total of 126 airports, which include 11 Internation; 11 customs; and 89 Domestic Airports. In addition to this, it also manages Civil enclaves at Military Airfields.

3) Pawan Hand Limited:

Pawan Hans Limited is based in New Delhi, a Helicopter service company in India. Pawan Hans provides helicopter services to ONGC. Moreover, it is also providing helicopter services to various state governments in India, ferry services in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands.


Contact details

Mr. Ajay Yadav
Deputy Secretary,
Email Id:a[dot]yadav[at]ias[dot]nic[dot]in
Address: Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan 110003, Block B, Safdarjung Airport Area, New Delhi
Phone: 011 2463 2950


Last Updated on Mar 13, 2020

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