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84 staff at 42 airports discovered drunk on obligation between Jan 2021-Mar 2022; 64% have been drivers: DGCA

84 staff at 42 airports discovered drunk on obligation between Jan 2021-Mar 2022; 64% have been drivers: DGCA

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NEW DELHI: A complete of 84 individuals working at 42 Indian airports have been discovered drunk on obligation between January 2021 and March 2022, as per the information of the aviation regulator DGCA.
Fifty 4 (64 per cent) of the 84 staff who failed the obligatory alcohol checks have been drivers, acknowledged the Directorate Basic of Civil Aviation’s information, which has been accessed by PTI.
Whereas most of the staff who failed the alcohol checks have been employed by airport operators, a big part of them have been employed by different firms — catering firms, floor dealing with firms, plane upkeep firms, and so on — which work on the airport.
56 staff at 35 Airports Authority of India (AAI)-run airports, 17 staff at 4 Adani Group-run airports, 9 staff at two GMR group-run airports and two staff at Fairfax India-run Bengaluru airport failed the alcohol checks between January 2021 and March 2022, as per the DGCA information.
Nonetheless, Bengaluru airport’s operator BIAL clarified that the 2 staff who failed the alcohol checks weren’t its staff.
“Bengaluru airport (BIAL) has not had any cases of its staff failing the breath analyser take a look at in 2021, and to date this yr,” it mentioned.
When requested in regards to the aforementioned DGCA information of 56 staff failing the alcohol checks, the Centre-run AAI shared with PTI its personal information stating that solely 18 staff at 14 AAI-run airports failed the alcohol checks between January 2021 and March 2022.
“Out of 18 staff who failed the BA (breathalyzer) take a look at, three have been from the AAI and remaining 15 have been from AAI contracting companies,” the AAI added.
On the query of what motion was taken in opposition to the employees who have been discovered drunk, the AAI mentioned, “Acceptable motion as per the prevailing pointers has been initiated.”
The Adani Group and the GMR group didn’t reply to PTI’s queries concerning this matter.
The airport the place the best variety of staff (9 staff) failed the alcohol checks between January 2021 and March 2022 was the Mumbai airport, which has been beneath management of the Adani Group since July final yr. Earlier than July 2021, the Mumbai airport was beneath the management of the GVK Group.
The GMR group-run Delhi airport was at quantity two with eight staff failing the alcohol checks within the aforementioned 15-month-period.
Aviation regulator DGCA had in September 2019 issued guidelines for BA take a look at for all airport staff. As per the foundations, the airport operator involved (reminiscent of AAI, DIAL, MIAL, BIAL, and so on) has to recurrently conduct these random alcohol checks on not simply its personal staff, however employees of different firms who work on the airport.
As per the foundations, at the least 10 per cent of the personnel of every such firm working on the airport have to be randomly subjected to BA take a look at each day.
If any personnel is examined optimistic for alcohol for the primary time, or refuses to endure the take a look at, or makes an attempt to evade it by leaving the airport premises, then she or he have to be stored “off obligation and their license/approval shall be suspended for a interval of three months”, the foundations famous.
The principles acknowledged that “in case of second violation of the provisions, the license/approval issued by DGCA of the involved personnel shall be suspended for a interval of 1 yr”.
Whereas 54 of the 84 staff who failed the obligatory alcohol take a look at between January 2021 and March 2022 have been drivers, individuals from different professions reminiscent of aerobridge operator, loaders, wireman, ramp supervisor, floor help service group and plane rescue and firefighting companies group failed the alcohol checks too, as per the DGCA information.
The AAI-run airports the place 56 staff failed alcohol checks within the aforementioned 15-month-period have been in 35 cities together with Agartala, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Udaipur, Trichy, Tirupati, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Huble, Gaya, Coimbatore, Calicut, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Chennai, as per the DGCA information.
The AAI advised PTI, “There’s a zero tolerance within the AAI for the employees who come for obligation inebriated. AAI HODs (head of departments) at respective airports sensitise their staff and the employees engaged by the contracting companies concerning non-consumption of alcohol/alcoholic drinks whereas on obligation and apprises them of the penalties talked about within the DGCA CAR (regulation).”
“Additional, motion can also be initiated in opposition to the AAI staff, who fail the BA take a look at repeatedly as per Airports Authority of India Staff (Conduct, self-discipline and enchantment) Rules, 2003,” the AAI added.
The airports in Guwahati, Jaipur and Lucknow are run by the Adani group. Eight staff at these three airports failed the alcohol checks between January 2021 and March 2022, as per the DGCA information.
One employee at Hyderabad airport, which is run by the GMR group, failed the alcohol checks within the aforementioned 15-month-period, it acknowledged.
In accordance with the DGCA, the aviation personnel beneath the ambit of the September 2019 guidelines embody plane upkeep engineers, different technically skilled particular person authorised to hold out upkeep of plane, car drivers who drive fuelling and catering automobiles, gear operators, aerobridge operators, marshallers, personnel manning apron management, floor dealing with companies personnel in addition to ATC personnel.
The pre-flight alcohol checks on pilots and cabin crew members are performed by the airways involved, acknowledged one other set of DGCA guidelines.

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