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THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS AUTHORITY ACT, 1971

Title : THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS AUTHORITY ACT, 1971

Year : 1971



(1) With effect from the commencement of this Act, the Central Government shall constitute an authority to be called the International Airports Authority of India.

(2) The Authority shall be a body corporate by the name aforesaid having perpetual succession and a common seal, with power, subject to the provisions of this Act, to acquire, hold and dispose of property both movable and immovable, and to contract and shall by the said name sue and be sued.

(3) The Authority shall consist of-

(a) A Chairman to be appointed by the Central Government;

(b) The Director-General of Civil Aviation, ex officio; and

(c) Not less than six and not more than thirteen members to be appointed by the Central Government.

(4) The Chairman shall be a whole-time member and the other members referred to in clause (c) of sub-section (3) may be appointed as whole-time or part-time members as the Central Government may think fit.

(5) The names of persons appointed as members shall be notified by the Central Government in the Official Gazette.

(6) During the temporary absence of the Chairman, the Central
Government may appoint another member to act as the Chairman.



A person shall be disqualified for being appointed as a member if he-

(a) Has been convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for an offence, which, in the opinion of the Central Government, involves moral turpitude; or

(b) Is an undischarged insolvent; or

(c) Is of unsound mind and stands so declared by a competent
Court; or

(d) Has been removed or dismissed from the service of the
Government or a corporation owned or controlled by the
Government; or

(e) Has, in the opinion of the Central Government, such financial or other interest in the Authority as is likely to affect prejudicially the discharge by him of his functions as a member.



(1) Subject to the provisions of section 6, every member shall hold office for a period of three years from the date on which he assumes office:

Provided
that the Central Government may-

(a) Terminate the appointment of any whole-time member, who is not a servant of the Government, after giving him notice for a period of not less than three months or in lieu thereof on payment of an amount equal to his salary and allowances, if any, for a period of three months;

(b) Terminate the appointment of any part-time member who is not a servant of the Government after giving him notice for such period as may be prescribed; and

(c) Terminate at any time the appointment of any member who is a servant of the Government.

(2) The other conditions of service of the members shall be such as may be prescribed.

(3) Any member may resign his office by giving notice in writing for such period as may be prescribed to the Central Government and,
on such resignation being notified in the Official Gazette by that
Government, such member shall be deemed to have vacated his office.

(4) A casual vacancy caused by the resignation of a member under sub-section (3) or otherwise may be filled by fresh appointment and the person so appointed shall hold office for the remaining period for which the member in whose place he is appointed would have held office.



The Central Government shall remove a member if he-

(a) Becomes subject to any of the disqualifications mentioned in section 4:

Provided that no member shall be removed on the ground that he has become subject to the disqualification mentioned in clause (e) of that section, unless he has been given a reasonable opportunity of being heard in the matter;or

(b) Refuses to act or becomes incapable of acting; or

(c) Is, without obtaining leave of absence from the Authority, absent from three consecutive meetings of the Authority; or

(d) In the opinion of the Central Government, has so abused his position as to render his continuance in office detrimental to the public interest:

Provided that no member shall be removed under this clause unless he has been given a reasonable opportunity of being heard in the matter.



Any person ceasing to be a member shall, unless disqualified under section 4, be eligible for re-appointment as such.



(1) The Authority shall meet at such times and places and shall observe such rules of procedure in regard to the transaction of business at its meetings (including the quorum at meetings) as may be provided by regulations.

(2) The Chairman, or, if for any reason he is unable to attend any meeting, any other member chosen by the members present at the meeting, shall preside at the meeting.

(3) All questions which come up before any meeting of the
Authority shall be decided by a majority of the votes of the members present and voting, and, in the event of an equality of votes, the Chairman, or in his absence, the person presiding, shall have and exercise a second or casting vote.



No act or proceeding of the Authority shall be deemed to be invalid by reason merely of any vacancy in, or any defect in the constitution of, the Authority.



(1) For the purpose of enabling it efficiently to discharge its functions under this Act, the Authority shall, subject to the provisions of section 12 and to such rules as may be prescribed in this behalf, appoint (whether on deputation or otherwise) such number of officers and other employees as it may consider necessary:

Provided
that the appointment of such category of officers as may be specified after consultation with the Chairman in such rules, shall be subject to the approval of the Central Government.

(2) Subject to the provisions of section 12, every officer or other employee appointed by the Authority shall be subject to such conditions of service and shall be entitled to such remuneration as may be determined by regulations.



In the discharge of its functions under this Act, the Authority shall act, so far as may be, on business principles.
Last updated on June, 2016

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