Flyers compensation Bill passed

A bill providing for enhanced compensation to air travellers in case of death, injury, lost baggage or even inordinate delay in flights, was passed by Parliament yesterday
Flyers compensation Bill passed
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The Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill was passed in Lok Sabha on December 2015 and by the Rajya Sabha, with certain amendments, on March 2. It came back to the Lower House yesterday and was adopted by a voice vote. 
Once it gets the nod of the President and becomes an Act, the law would require Indian carriers to pay compensation amount that is equivalent to the rates paid by their global counterparts. 
It would allow the government to revise the liability limits of airlines in line with the Montreal Convention, which was acceded to by India in May 2009. 
Among others, the compensation for death in an air accident and the amount would be calculated on the basis of SDR (Special Drawing Rights). The Bill intends to raise the liability limit for damage in case of death or bodily injury for each person from 1,00,000 SDR to 1,13,100 SDR. 
The currency value of the SDR is based on market exchange rates of a basket of major currencies, US dollar, Euro, Japanese Yen and Pound Sterling.    
Earlier this month, while piloting the bill in the Rajya Sabha, Raju had said it would bring legislative character to international character with respect to compensation for air passengers.

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