Bills Dividing The CAAN Sent for Clause-Wise Discussion
The National Assembly has sent the Air Services Authority Bill and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Bill to the committee for clause-wise discussion.
The National Assembly has sent it to the Legislative Management Committee under the National Assembly. The proposal to send the bill was passed by consensus. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai had tabled the two bills for discussion in the National Assembly. Both the bills are for the division of CAAN. Both the bills have already been registered in the House of Representatives.
The CAAN Bill is linked to the regulatory body while the Aviation Authority Bill is linked to the service provider. The International Civil Aviation Organization had suggested to the Government of Nepal since 2009 to make Nepal’s aviation sector service-oriented and regulatory. An agreement was reached between ICAO and CAAN last year to divide the authority on the basis of work under the guidance of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
The European Union (EU) has been blacklisting Nepal’s aviation sector since 2013. The bill proposes to establish Nepal Air Services Authority to make Nepal’s aviation service standard, safe and reliable, and to operate airports and air navigation services in accordance with international standards. The Nepal Airlines Authority will prepare and implement aeronautical charts related to air services, provide flight information, disseminate weather information, approve flight schedules, and coordinate search and rescue operations. The Nepal Civil Aviation Authority will only regulate the airline.
At present, the Civil Aviation Authority is the regulatory body of the airspace. CAAN operates as per the Civil Aviation Act-2053 BS. After the implementation of the new bill, the work being done by one body will be divided into two bodies. At present, the Civil Aviation Authority has been working on aviation, communication, airway demonstration, and air transport.