Bill for same compensation to Indian air travellers as in West Indian air travellers will now get the same amount of compensation as applicable in Western nations in case of loss of lives,baggage or cargo with Parliament today passing a bill in this regard.
The Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill 2008,which was earlier passed by the Lok Sabha,got a nod from Rajya Sabha. Replying to a debate on the bill,Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said the legislation was necessitated as in case of loss of baggage or cargo,there was one kind of compensation in India and another in Europe. He said the Bill aimed to end this disparity.
His predecessor Rajiv Pratap Rudy and S S Ahluwalia (both BJP) raised issues like the downslide in the aviation sector and the mechanism to work out the compensation in keeping with inflation. Patel said civil aviation in India has recorded a robust growth in the last few years but the growth had declined in the last two quarters due to factors like the global recession and the Mumbai terror strikes.
The decisions of the government have been well intentioned keeping in view the passengers and connectivity, he said adding that the bill dealt with the limited purpose of fixing of liability and compensation.