Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Govt Acting Fast On Fake Pilot Licence Scam: Vayalar Ravi

Thiruvanathapuram, Mar 28: The government is “acting very fast” in taking action against those linked to the fake pilot licence scam and has set up an independent committee to audit all 40 flying schools in the country, Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi said here today.

“The Union government is acting fast on the matter. The aviation ministry had set up an independent committee which will audit all the 40 flying schools in the country,” he said at a press meet, on a query on whether the probe was going slow.

Ravi said action had to be taken step by step and that all pilots cannot be grounded and checked. “And we can’t arrest every officer in the DGCA. It is not possible.”

He said a few officers in DGCA were involved in the scam.  “We have suspended one and he is now in jail. Others will be arrested according to law as the investigation progresses.”

Ravi said all fake pilot training institutions would be sealed and such schools would not be allowed to exploit students who were paying huge amounts.

“We will also change the rules to see educated people come in. Graduation should be the minimum qualification,” he said.

The Minister said complaints were being examined by the authorities. A meeting of airline officials and DGCA was called to discuss the issue, he said.

“Directions have been given to see that DGCA is informed about any small error on the part of pilots. I can assure you that we will take action against every fake pilot,” he said. PTI


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