Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Senior AI pilot who got double pay recalled from DGCA posting

Mumbai: Air India has called back its senior pilot, Capt Atul Chandra, who was deputed to Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), where he holds the post of chief flight operations inspector. The airline has initiated a departmental inquiry into salary payouts it made to Chandra when he was employed with DGCA.

A letter asking DGCA to relieve Chandra so that he can return to AI, was sent to the regulator last week. “Capt Chandra needs to return to AI for the investigation to progress. We expect DGCA to not obstruct the investigation,” said an AI official. An AI spokesperson confirmed that the airline had written to DGCA seeking Chandra’s return. “We are working on a zero-tolerance policy,” the spokesperson said with reference to the departmental inquiry and decision to call the senior pilot back.
Chandra had been getting salaries from two government organisations, one from his current employer, DGCA, and the other from Air India (Top DGCA official also drew a salary from Air India, TOI, January 11). Following the report, Chandra paid back Rs 80 lakh to Air India in two parts on January 11 and 14.
04/09/19 Manu V/Times of India

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