IAF may make it harder for pi­lots to join pvt air­lines

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE - Rahul Singh let­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: The In­dian Air Force (IAF) is work­ing to tighten rules to pre­vent its pi­lots from leav­ing the ser­vice and join­ing pri­vate air­lines that offer bet­ter salary and perquisite­s, two people fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter said on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Some mea­sures are be­ing im­ple­mented to ar­rest the trend of pi­lots quit­ting the air force and tak­ing up well-pay­ing fly­ing jobs out­side, said one of the two, an air force of­fi­cer. IAF is also re­fin­ing its hu­man re­source poli­cies to ad­dress the as­pi­ra­tions of its pi­lots by tak­ing sev­eral steps, in­clud­ing giv­ing them greater clar­ity about their ca­reer prospects in ser­vice, the sec­ond per­son, a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial, said.

Hin­dus­tan Times couldn’t as­cer­tain the ex­act changes be­ing con­tem­plated but learns that they will be made shortly, and could in­volve cool­ing-off pe­ri­ods and changes in pen­sion plans. The changes are likely to be con­tro­ver­sial. “If we are not able to re­tain talent, the ser­vice suf­fers. We can­not al­low that to hap­pen. It may cause some re­sent­ment but we have to see what’s good for the ser­vice. If some­one has press­ing rea­sons, those cases can be looked into separately,” the first per­son said.

While most pi­lots usually look at leav­ing the IAF af­ter be­ing over­looked for promotion, there have been cases of people putting in their pa­pers be­fore reach­ing that stage.

A mid­dle-rung IAF pi­lot earn­ing up to ~2 lakh a month could land a salary that is four times higher as cap­tain in a pri­vate air­line. Most pi­lots quit ser­vice af­ter be­ing over­looked for promotion and com­plet­ing 20 years of ser­vice, which en­ti­tles them to a pen­sion. “The IAF way of life is very good and apart from the salary, there are sev­eral in­tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits. But my work load is far less as a pri­vate air­lines pi­lot and there’s noth­ing to com­plain about the re­mu­ner­a­tion” said an IAF of­fi­cer who re­cently quit ser­vice and took up a job in a pri­vate air­lines. The of­fi­cer asked not to be named.


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