84 workers at 42 Indian airports found drunk on duty: DGCA

Aviation regulator DGCA had in September 2019 issued guidelines for breath analyser check for all airport employees

Aviation regulator DGCA had in September 2019 issued guidelines for breath analyser check for all airport employees

A complete of 84 individuals working at 42 Indian airports had been discovered drunk on responsibility between January 2021 and March 2022, as per the info of the aviation regulator Directorate Common of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Fifty-four (64 per cent) of the 84 employees who failed the necessary alcohol checks had been drivers, said the DGCA’s knowledge, which has been accessed by PTI.

Whereas lots of the employees who failed the alcohol checks had been employed by airport operators, a major part of them had been employed by different firms — catering firms, floor dealing with firms, plane upkeep firms, and so on — 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 checks between January 2021 and March 2022, as per the DGCA knowledge.

Nevertheless, Bengaluru airport’s operator BIAL clarified that the 2 employees who failed the alcohol checks weren’t its workers.  “Bengaluru airport (BIAL) has not had any cases of its workers failing the breath analyser check in 2021, and up to now this 12 months,” it mentioned.

When requested in regards to the aforementioned DGCA knowledge of 56 employees failing the alcohol checks, the Centre-run AAI shared with PTI its personal knowledge stating that solely 18 employees at 14 AAI-run airports failed the alcohol checks between January 2021 and March 2022.

“Out of 18 employees who failed the BA [breath analyser] check, three had been from the AAI and the remaining 15 had been from AAI contracting companies,” the AAI added.

On the query of what motion was taken towards the employees who had been discovered drunk, the AAI mentioned, “Acceptable 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 best variety of employees (9 employees) failed the alcohol checks between January 2021 and March 2022 was the Mumbai airport, which has been underneath the management of the Adani Group since July final 12 months. 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 checks within the aforementioned 15-month-period.

Aviation regulator DGCA had in September 2019 issued guidelines for BA check for all airport employees. As per the principles, the airport operator involved (akin to AAI, DIAL, MIAL, BIAL, and so on) has to frequently conduct these random alcohol checks on not simply its personal workers, however employees of different firms who work on the airport.

As per the principles, not less than 10 per cent of the personnel of every such firm working on the airport have to be randomly subjected to BA check each day.

If any personnel is examined constructive for alcohol for the primary time, refuses to endure the check, or makes an attempt to evade it by leaving the airport premises, then she or he have to be saved “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 12 months”.

Whereas 54 of the 84 employees who failed the necessary alcohol check between January 2021 and March 2022 had been drivers, individuals from different professions akin to aerobridge operators, loaders, wiremen, ramp supervisors, floor assist service groups and plane rescue and firefighting companies workforce failed the alcohol checks too, as per the DGCA knowledge.

The AAI-run airports the place 56 employees failed alcohol checks within the aforementioned 15-month-period had been in 35 cities together with Agartala, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Udaipur, Trichy, Tirupati, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Hubli, Gaya, Coimbatore, Calicut, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Chennai, as per the DGCA knowledge.

The AAI instructed PTI, “There’s a zero-tolerance within the AAI for the employees who come for responsibility inebriated. AAI HODs [head of departments] at respective airports sensitise their workers and the employees engaged by the contracting companies 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 check 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 checks between January 2021 and March 2022, as per the DGCA knowledge.

One employee at Hyderabad airport, which is run by the GMR group, failed the alcohol checks within the aforementioned 15-month-period, it said.

In response to the DGCA, the aviation personnel underneath the ambit of the September 2019 guidelines embody plane upkeep engineers, different technically educated particular person 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 checks on pilots and cabin crew members are performed by the airways involved, said one other set of DGCA guidelines.

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