E-GOVERNANCE FOR CIVIL AVIATION

  • Recently, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched the e-Governance for Civil Aviation (e-GCA) online platform through which the Civil Aviation will provide 298 services including pilot licensing and medical examination.
  • The launch of the e-GCA project under DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) was part of the 100-day plan for the aviation sector. The portal was developed by Tata Consultancy Services.

Important points:

  • It is a portal for the dissemination of information and providing online, speedy service delivery in a secure environment.
  • It offers an end-to-end solution including several software applications, connectivity with all the regional offices.
  • It will provide services to various DGCA stakeholders such as Pilots, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Air Traffic Controllers, Air Operators, Airport Operators, Flying Training Organizations, Maintenance and Design organizations, among others.
  • It aims at enhancing the efficiency of the various services of DGCA and increasing accountability and transparency across all DGCA functions.

Benefits:

  1. Eliminating operational inefficiencies
  2. Minimizing personal interaction
  3. Improving regulatory reporting
  4. Enhancing transparency
  5. Increasing productivity

Significance:

  • As a single-window platform it will induce a monumental change through the automation of the process and functions of DGCA.
  • It will offer a strong base of IT infrastructure and service delivery framework.
  • It is a step towards ‘ease of doing business’. It would add significant value to the safety regulatory framework of DGCA.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation

  1. It is an attached office of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
  2. It is the regulatory body in the field of Civil Aviation primarily dealing with safety issues.
  3. It is responsible for regulation of air transport services to/from/within India and for enforcement of civil air regulations, air safety and airworthiness standards.
  4. It also co-ordinates all regulatory functions with the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT

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