The cash-strapped national carrier Air India paid close to Rs one crore in salary to the chief flight operations inspector (CFOI) of the civil aviation watchdog DGCA in a case of financial misconduct that it would find hard to explain. Captain Atul Chandra too would find it difficult to explain why he quietly drew salaries simultaneously from two government organisations—Air India and DGCA—in 2017-18.
Chandra was a joint GM in Air India till January 2017, when he joined the DGCA on deputation as the CFOI. In his new role, he headed the Flight Standards Directorate, which issues crucial operating certificates and authorisations to airlines and charter companies.
“The CFOI and other flight operations inspectors are deputed to the DGCA from airlines. To avoid conflict of interest, they are not paid any emoluments from their parent organisations. ,” said a source. Read More