There is a staffing shortage in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, India’s aviation regulator. Since it hasn’t employed anyone in more than eight years, the regulator now needs more staff since during that time, the nation’s aircraft fleet has expanded rapidly.
According to a recent ET report, the DGCA employs over 1,300 people, over 600 of whom work in flight safety and are in charge of making sure that the country’s roughly 700 commercial aircraft are safe to operate. Contrarily, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a similar regulator for the US aviation industry, employs 45,000 people to care for close to 8,000 commercial aircraft.
Things are beginning to look up for the nation’s airlines as the travel industry begins to recover from the pandemic. In order to meet the growing demand for traffic, it is therefore anticipated that the major airline firms will want to add roughly 100 aircraft each year. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will be used to hire qualified applicants for positions at the DGCA in the fields of flight safety, airworthiness, training, and standards, among other things.
According to the report by ET, auditors from overseas, including the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and FAA, have alerted authorities to the fact that the DGCA urgently needs more workers and trained employees.