Coronavirus: Delhi HC suspends Breath Analyser Test for Air Traffic Controllers till March 27

The Air Traffic Controllers shall now give an undertaking that they have not reported to work under the influence of alcohol.
Coronavirus: Delhi HC suspends Breath Analyser Test for Air Traffic Controllers till March 27
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In view of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Delhi High Court today suspended the Breath Analyser Test (BAT) through tube process for Air Traffic Controllers till March 27. (Air Traffic Controllers Guild vs UOI & Ors)

At present there is a medical emergency not only in india but across the world. Under such circumstances, to permit the same BAT equipment which could pose a threat to the ATCs, to continue to be used would be non-pragmatic and unwise.
Delhi High Court said.

As per the Court's direction, instead of the test, the Air Traffic Controllers shall now give an undertaking and a self-declaration under their signature, stating that that they did not report to work under the influence of alcohol.

Any violation of the undertaking and the self-declaration shall entail severe consequences, the Court has clarified.

A Single Judge Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh also directed the Directorate General of Medical Sciences (Air), Air Traffic Controllers’ Guild (India), Airports Authority of India, and doctors to explore an alternative method to conduct the test.

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