Tuesday, August 18, 2020

798 pilots quit IAF in 10 years, 289 of them got NOC to fly private airlines

New Delhi: In the last 10 years, 798 pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) have resigned and of them 289 pilots were given No-objection Certificates (NOC) to fly private airlines. This was revealed by the IAF in response to a Right to Information (RTI) application filed by India Today.

The two worst years were 2016 and 2017, when 100 and 114 pilots respectively quit the IAF. In 2015, 37 pilots had quit before superannuation. This was the lowest number for pilots leaving the IAF in a year over the last decade.

On an average, 80 pilots have quitting the IAF every year. The information assumes significance in the view that the IAF is facing an acute shortage of pilots.
On February 1, 2018, the government informed the Rajya Sabha that the IAF had 3,855 pilots against a sanctioned strength of 4,231. The force was facing a shortfall of 376 pilots in February 2018. This reflects badly on the preparedness of the IAF.

How many of those who quit before retirement have joined private airlines?

In response to this question the Directorate of Personnel Services, Air Head Quarters said, "Details regarding officers who have joined private airline cannot be provided as no such data is maintained. This Public Authority grants NOC to join private airlines."

The Directorate of Personnel Services shared the records held for the NOC issued to ex-IAF pilots.
18/08/20 Ashok Kumar Upadhyay/India Today
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