Tuesday, December 06, 2016

BS Bhullar appointed new aviation chief

B S Bhullar, additional secretary in the Union aviation ministry was on Monday appointed Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
A 1986 batch IAS officer of UP cadre, Bhullar had been holding additional charge as DGCA chief since July when the previous regulator M Sathiavathy was appointed secretary in the Central government.
Bhullar's appointment was cleared by the appointments committee of the Cabinet which is headed by Prime Minister Modi.
Bhullar's elevation as DGCA chief ends the uncertainty which had gripped the aviation regulator as it awaited a full time chief.
Last year, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had expressed serious concern at the lack of continuity for the position of India's chief aviation safety regulator. Bhullar is the seventh IAS officer to become DG in past eight years.
"There is a wooden board with the names of all DGs in the director-general's office. The FAA team saw that (when it came visitng early last year) and commented at the lack of continuity," said a source.
05/12/16 Saurabh Sinha/The Times Of India
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