84 workers at 42 airports found drunk on duty between Jan 2021-Mar 2022; 64% were drivers: DGCA

NEW DELHI: A complete of 84 individuals working at 42 Indian airports have been discovered drunk on responsibility between January 2021 and March 2022, as per the information of the aviation regulator DGCA.
Fifty 4 (64 per cent) of the 84 employees who failed the necessary alcohol exams have been drivers, said the Directorate Normal of Civil Aviation’s information, which has been accessed by PTI.
Whereas lots of the employees who failed the alcohol exams have been employed by airport operators, a major part of them have been employed by different corporations — catering corporations, floor dealing with corporations, plane upkeep corporations, and so forth — which work on the airport.
56 employees at 35 Airports Authority of India (AAI)-run airports, 17 employees at 4 Adani Group-run airports, 9 employees at two GMR group-run airports and two employees at Fairfax India-run Bengaluru airport failed the alcohol exams between January 2021 and March 2022, as per the DGCA information.
Nevertheless, Bengaluru airport’s operator BIAL clarified that the 2 employees who failed the alcohol exams weren’t its workers.
“Bengaluru airport (BIAL) has not had any situations of its workers failing the breath analyser take a look at in 2021, and to this point this yr,” it mentioned.
When requested in regards to the aforementioned DGCA information of 56 employees failing the alcohol exams, the Centre-run AAI shared with PTI its personal information stating that solely 18 employees at 14 AAI-run airports failed the alcohol exams between January 2021 and March 2022.
“Out of 18 employees who failed the BA (breathalyzer) take a look at, three have been from the AAI and remaining 15 have been from AAI contracting businesses,” the AAI added.
On the query of what motion was taken towards the employees who have been discovered drunk, the AAI mentioned, “Applicable motion as per the prevailing tips has been initiated.”
The Adani Group and the GMR group didn’t reply to PTI’s queries relating to this matter.
The airport the place the very best variety of employees (9 employees) failed the alcohol exams between January 2021 and March 2022 was the Mumbai airport, which has been underneath management of the Adani Group since July final yr. Earlier than July 2021, the Mumbai airport was underneath the management of the GVK Group.
The GMR group-run Delhi airport was at quantity two with eight employees failing the alcohol exams within the aforementioned 15-month-period.
Aviation regulator DGCA had in September 2019 issued guidelines for BA take a look at for all airport employees. As per the principles, the airport operator involved (resembling AAI, DIAL, MIAL, BIAL, and so forth) has to usually conduct these random alcohol exams on not simply its personal workers, however workers of different corporations who work on the airport.
As per the principles, at the very least 10 per cent of the personnel of every such firm working on the airport should 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 should be stored “off responsibility and their license/approval shall be suspended for a interval of three months”, the principles famous.
The foundations said 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 employees who failed the necessary alcohol take a look at between January 2021 and March 2022 have been drivers, individuals from different professions resembling aerobridge operator, loaders, wireman, ramp supervisor, floor help service group and plane rescue and firefighting companies group failed the alcohol exams too, as per the DGCA information.
The AAI-run airports the place 56 employees failed alcohol exams 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 instructed PTI, “There’s a zero tolerance within the AAI for the employees who come for responsibility drunk. AAI HODs (head of departments) at respective airports sensitise their workers and the employees engaged by the contracting businesses relating to non-consumption of alcohol/alcoholic drinks whereas on responsibility and apprises them of the penalties talked about within the DGCA CAR (regulation).”
“Additional, motion can be initiated towards the AAI workers, who fail the BA take a look at repeatedly as per Airports Authority of India Staff (Conduct, self-discipline and attraction) Rules, 2003,” the AAI added.
The airports in Guwahati, Jaipur and Lucknow are run by the Adani group. Eight employees at these three airports failed the alcohol exams 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 exams within the aforementioned 15-month-period, it said.
Based on the DGCA, the aviation personnel underneath the ambit of the September 2019 guidelines embody plane upkeep engineers, different technically educated individual authorised to hold out upkeep of plane, automobile 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 exams on pilots and cabin crew members are performed by the airways involved, said one other set of DGCA guidelines.

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