Govt acting fast on fake pilot licence scam: Vayalar Ravi

Last Updated: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 18:57

Thiruvanathapuram: 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 on Monday.

"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



First Published: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 18:57

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