New Delhi: In a bid to provide a badly needed make-over to a much maligned organisation, India's civil aviation watchdog, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), said Monday it was now undertaking much-needed reforms and also recruit expeditiously to fill up vacancies to badly required posts.
"We have started many initiatives. The government has approved creation of 500 new jobs… the first batch will join soon," DGCA director general EK Bharat Bhushan said in his address at a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) event here.
According to Bhushan, the process to fill up all vacancies will take time as other government agencies like the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) are involved.
"It will take time, but it is happening. Agencies like UPSC are also involved and we are working with them," Bhushan told reporters after the event.
Currently, the DGCA deals with hugely expanded civil aviation sector in this country with a meagre staff of 130.
Bhushan also remarked that his organisation had taken several steps to boost aviation safety, like scanning certificates of over 4,000 pilots in the country, to computerisation of records, as well as review of some of the lengthy bureaucratic hassles faced by carriers.