Sunday, July 14, 2013

DGCA's term extended

New Delhi: In a bid to ensure that the aviation safety regulator is not headless when international agencies audit it next month and then possibly downgrade India to sub-Sahara African levels, the government has decided to give a two to three month extension to current director general of civil aviation (DGCA) Arun Mishra. The aviation ministry has pinned its hopes on the audit teams leaving India satisfied on its long standing but unfulfilled promise of strengthening aviation safety oversight of the DGCA and then let it be headless once the teams leave!
"We will extend Arun Mishra's term as DG (that ends this month-end) by about a couple of months so that the audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) passes off. After that if no one suitable in terms of experience in aviation is found to head the DGCA, we will give additional charge to our joint secretary," said top aviation ministry sources.
14/07/13 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India