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Indian skies safest; erring pilots pulled up: Ashok Gajapathy Raju

Aviation Minister Gajapathy Raju said the issue of congestion at airports is being taken care by the Airports Authority of India.

Indian skies, indian skies safest, Gajapathi Raju Lok Sabha, Aviation minister Gajapathi Raju, Indian air space safe, fake pilot licence, congestion in airports, erring pilots India, India aviation market, India news The DGCA has received three cases in the last four years, of fake documents being submitted to obtain pilot licences, Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathy Raja told Lok Sabha. (File Photo)

Asserting that Indian skies are the safest in the world, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Thursday said there will be no compromise on safety and security and action is being taken against erring pilots. The minister told the Lok Sabha that three instances have come to the notice of aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), where fake documents were submitted for getting pilot licences and action is being taken.

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“There will no compromise on safety or security… Indian skies are the safest in the world,” Raju said during Question Hour, adding that India is also the fastest growing domestic aviation market. During the last three years and the current year, only one case came to the notice of DGCA on December 15, 2016 in which a pilot of Air India had flown an aircraft with a lapsed licence and was immediately suspended, Raju said.

To a query about instances of submitting fake documents for pilot licences, the minister said there were three cases in the last nearly four years. While two instances happened in 2016, one pilot was disqualified from holding licence through an order on February 7, 2017, he added.

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Various steps are taken by the DGCA to detect forgery in obtaining pilot licence such as “inclusion of item for checking pilot licenses system during the audit or main base inspection of airlines”. Responding to a supplementary question, Raju said it is a fact that some aviation training institutes are not maintaining the standards and efforts to ensure that such things do not happen. “Improvement is a continuous process,” he added.

To another question, Raju said the issue of congestion at airports is being taken care by the Airports Authority of India.

First published on: 09-02-2017 at 03:00:47 pm
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