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India to be on par with West

Indian air travellers will now be eligible for the same amount of compensation as applicable in Western nations in case of loss of lives, baggage or cargo with Parliament passing a bill in this regard. HT Correspondent reports.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2009 23:03 IST

Indian air travellers will now be eligible for the same amount of compensation as applicable in Western nations in case of loss of lives, baggage or cargo with Parliament today passing a bill in this regard.

The Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill 2008 was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Thursday paving the way for higher compensations to victims of air accidents. The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha earlier.

Compensation, which will be paid by the respective international airlines, for death or bodily injury in an air accident will now go up to $140,000 (Rs 70,00,000) from $20,000 (Rs 10,00,000) earlier.

Similarly compensation for damage to checked in baggage will also go up to $1400 (Rs 70,000) per passenger from the existing $20 (Rs 1000) per kilogram per passenger.

The compensation for damage to cargo is proposed to be increased from $20 per kg approximatley to $24 per kg.

“This legislation, which will facilitate higher compensation and prevent Indian passengers from discrimination,” civil aviation minister Praful Patel said.