Expert committee to look into pilot licence proceduresMarch 15th, 2011 - 7:53 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) Concerned over the issue of fake commercial pilot licences, Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi Tuesday said an expert committee will be formed to look into the current system of examination and procedures for obtaining a pilot licence.
The committee will also look into areas such as the introduction of e-technology and an effective system of cross-verification of documents filed by candidates, Ravi told Rajya Sabha.
He also said that the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) has been directed to examine all the pilots licences issued in the past.
The steps to strengthen the procedures come after the arrest of two pilots, who faked their eligibility certificates, and two more who are on the run, which has made the authorities suspect the presence of an organised racket to provide fake documents to aspiring pilots.
Earlier, the DGCA said that it was conducting a thorough check of around 4,000 commercial pilot licences.
The scandal came to light when IndiGo pilot Parminder Kaur Gulati (38) was arrested March 8 for allegedly obtaining the Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) using forged documents.
Delhi Police Saturday arrested Air India pilot J.K. Verma on charges of using a forged marks sheet to acquire a pilot licence.
Verma had been a co-pilot with Air India since 1989.
“We have registered a case of forgery and endangering people’s life,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Chand said Monday.
He said: “They are believed to have paid Rs.10-12 lakh each to touts (to get pilot licence).”
According to Delhi police, two pilots — Meenakshi Sehgal of IndiGo and Swaran Singh Talwar of MDLR — were absconding.
The crime branch fears that someone inside DGCA may be involved in the racket.
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