Air India pilot wants politicians to serve 1-year notice as DGCA seeks to double notice period

The senior pilot argues that while the DGCA proposal is in public interest to ensure that pilots resigning do not cause flight delays and cancellations, politicians should also come under such a rule to avoid political instability and to avoid expenses of fresh elections.

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With Directorate General of Civil Aviation proposing to mandate a one-year notice period for Indian pilots quitting their jobs, a senior Air India pilot has hit out against the aviation regulator, saying why such a rule does not apply to politicians.

In a sarcastic Facebook post, pilot S Sabu said: “...We should also urge the government of India to apply the same to our elected reperesentatives, the MPs and MLAs. Very often we witness governments being toppled by unscrupulous politicians who jump from one party to another...”.

The senior pilot argues that while the DGCA proposal is in public interest to ensure that pilots resigning do not cause flight delays and cancellations, politicians should also come under such a rule to avoid political instability and to avoid expenses of fresh elections.

There should be an act of Parliament, “Whereby politicians belonging to political parties registered with the Election Commission give a notice of at least one year before they switch their allegiance,” wrote Sabu.

In its draft proposal, DGCA has mandated commanders to serve a one year notice while first officers will serve a six month notice after resigning from their posts. The regulator has cited instances where flights are delayed or cancelled due to pilots resigning without adequate notice.

The DGCA’s proposals came at a time when Air India’s regional arm Allegiance Air had complained against poaching of pilots by IndiGo.

Air India did not answer calls from HT.
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