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Over 100 pilots have applied for VRS: IAF Chief

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 15:28

Gandhinagar: Over 100 pilots of the Indian
Air Force (IAF) have applied of Voluntary Retirement Scheme
(VRS), Air Chief Marshal P V Naik said here on Wednesday.

"We have very steep pyramid structure (in the Air Force)
where there are less avenues of promotions," Naik said in
reply to a question on how many pilots of the Air Force have
applied for VRS.

"When one does not get promotions after 24-25 years of
service one wants to leave and try alternative avenues. Off
hand I can tell that we have over 100 applications for VRS
from pilots," Naik said.

"Since there is a slump in the market outside, there are
less applications. Once the slump is over the applications
might increase," he added.

Naik said that the Air Force have setup independent board
of officers to assess the VRS application of the pilots.

"The committee scrutinises the applications on case-to-
case basis and if the reasons for VRS are justified, which
mostly are on compassionate ground for children and parents,
the applications are approved," Naik said.

Naik was on a two-day visit to the South Western Air
Command (SWAC) here to review the Commands` operational,
maintenance and administrative preparedness.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 15:28
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