DGCA (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Governance)

News-CRUX-10     24th November 2023        
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Context: Recently, the central government has suspended the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) with immediate effect.

  • The action was taken by a vigilance committee established by the DGCA to conduct its preliminary investigation into allegations of corruption.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)

  • About: It is the regulatory body in the field of Civil Aviation primarily dealing with safety issues.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Ministry: Ministry of Civil Aviation
  • Mandate: It is responsible for regulation of air transport services to/from/within India and for enforcement of civil air regulations, air safety and airworthiness standards. 
  • It also co-ordinates all regulatory functions with International Civil Aviation Organization.


  • Civil Aircraft Registration
  • Airport Certification
  • Licensing for Aviation Personnel
  • Investigation of Incidents
  • Accident Prevention Measures.

Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)

  • About: It is an apex Integrity Institution, possessing full independence and autonomy in its operations.
  • Establishment: As a result of the Government of India's Resolution, based on the recommendations of the Committee on Prevention of Corruption, led by Shri K. Santhanam in 1964.
  • Statutory Status: The CVC gained its statutory status through the CVC Act of 2003.
  • Composition: Central Vigilance Commissioner (Chairperson) and not more than two Vigilance Commissioners (Members).
  • Functions: The CVC receives complaints about official corruption or abuse and recommends appropriate action.
  • Review the progress of investigations conducted by the DSPE Act. Give directions to the Delhi Special Police
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