• Next DGCA director may be from the Indian Air Force

    The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government may appoint a senior Indian Air Force (IAF) officer with the rank of an Air Marshal to head India’s civil aviation regulatory body, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
    The rationale stems from the fact that a person heading the post should have sound technical knowledge of air operations and the Indian skies. IAF officers in the past have been unsuccessfully applying for the DGCA’s top post.
    The post of DGCA head fell vacant as M. Sathiavathy, a 1982-batch AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory) cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, was on 28 July moved from the regulatory body to the ministry of labour as the secretary.
    A senior civil aviation ministry official requesting anonymity said that the government has already indicated to get an IAF officer, someone who is involved in air operations and air traffic control.
    This comes in the backdrop of the regulatory body making amendments to the civil aviation regulations besides chalking out new rules on penalties, fast refund and compensations to air passengers. Additionally, DGCA is actively involved in streamlining the strategy for the NDA government’s regional connectivity scheme that aims to develop unserved and underserved airports across the country. St. Louis Blues Womens Jersey

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