Wednesday, November 20, 2019

DGCA chief Arun Kumar warns officials against indulging in acts of conflict of interest

New Delhi: This is possibly the worst kept oldest secret of Indian aviation — officials of the regulatory agency conducting checks or deciding on airlines, airports and other agencies where their close relatives are employed. Whether it was/is senior Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) officials whose children were/are pilots or in other positions, it used to be a cosy club of those checking and those being checked.
However, for the first time a formal attempt has been made to check this issue by the DGCA chief Arun Kumar who on Wednesday issued a written order asking officials to avoid “conflict of interest” situations. Kumar has warned of strict action against employees who indulge in such practices.
“Avoidance of ‘conflict of interest’ is a sine qua non of good governance. Instances of DGCA officers participating in meetings/spot checks have come to notice in which this golden rule has been given a go-bye. Therefore, this intervention is made to reiterate that under no circumstances, any of DGCA officials shall partake in deliberations/spot checks or any other official engagement, where he or she has a ‘conflict of interest’,” reads the office memorandum issued by DGCA’s director (administration) Chandra Shekhar at the behest of Arun Kumar.
20/11/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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