DGCA rushes to recruit after adverse audit
The 201 recruits will be offered one-year contracts. Out of its sanctioned strength of 574, DGCA currently employs only 307. Nearly 60 of them are consultants while 50 are on deputation from airlines. With the aviation ministry investigating nearly 25 DGCA officials for alleged breach of rules, even the existing staff strength may go down.
The ICAO audit in December had pointed to staff shortage and lack of technical training at DGCA, repeating concerns it had raised in a similar audit six years ago. In the 2006 ICAO audit, India fared poorly on accident investigation standards, alongside Andorra, Cameroon and Belize. India also lagged in terms of legislation, organisation and airworthiness.
Global airlines assess the safety of flying to a particular country on the basis of ICAO’s country-wise audits.
In 2010, India narrowly escaped a safety standards downgrade by the US Federal Aviation Authority, by promising a stronger regulator. A downgrade would have pushed India
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