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


NEW DELHI: A complete of 84 folks 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 employees who failed the obligatory alcohol assessments have been drivers, acknowledged the Directorate Basic of Civil Aviation’s knowledge, which has been accessed by PTI.
Whereas most of the employees who failed the alcohol assessments have been employed by airport operators, a major part of them have been employed by different firms — catering firms, floor dealing with firms, plane upkeep firms, 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 assessments 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 assessments weren’t its workers.
“Bengaluru airport (BIAL) has not had any cases of its workers failing the breath analyser take a look at in 2021, and up to now this 12 months,” it stated.
When requested in regards to the aforementioned DGCA knowledge of 56 employees failing the alcohol assessments, the Centre-run AAI shared with PTI its personal knowledge stating that solely 18 employees at 14 AAI-run airports failed the alcohol assessments 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 stated, “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 very best variety of employees (9 employees) failed the alcohol assessments between January 2021 and March 2022 was the Mumbai airport, which has been underneath 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 assessments 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 foundations, the airport operator involved (similar to AAI, DIAL, MIAL, BIAL, and so forth) has to often conduct these random alcohol assessments on not simply its personal workers, however workers of different firms who work on the airport.
As per the foundations, a minimum of 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 every 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 saved “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 12 months”.
Whereas 54 of the 84 employees who failed the obligatory alcohol take a look at between January 2021 and March 2022 have been drivers, folks from different professions similar to aerobridge operator, loaders, wireman, ramp supervisor, floor assist service workforce and plane rescue and firefighting providers workforce failed the alcohol assessments too, as per the DGCA knowledge.
The AAI-run airports the place 56 employees failed alcohol assessments 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 knowledge.
The AAI informed 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 workers and the employees engaged by the contracting businesses relating to 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 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) Laws, 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 assessments 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 assessments within the aforementioned 15-month-period, it acknowledged.
Based on 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 autos, gear operators, aerobridge operators, marshallers, personnel manning apron management, floor dealing with providers personnel in addition to ATC personnel.
The pre-flight alcohol assessments on pilots and cabin crew members are carried out by the airways involved, acknowledged one other set of DGCA guidelines.


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