After failing to find the right candidate who would assume charge as the director of the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA), the government has decided to relax norms. The premier flying school does not have a full-time director for the last 18 months.
The relaxed norms allow out-station candidates to apply for the position. The IGRUA director is assisted by departmental heads of operations, services, finance and human resources.
“It was difficult to find a candidate, who was willing to stay at the institute in Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh. Now, the relaxed rules does not mandate the director to stay at the institute and we expect to fill the post soon,” said a government source.
IGRUA is an autonomous institution under the civil aviation ministry and is managed by the governing council, which has Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, aviation secretary, chairpersons of Air India and Airports Authority of India as its members.
Other wings of the civil aviation ministry too are functioning without full-time chiefs since no eligibile candidates have been found. These include Pawan Hans Helicopters and the Airports Authority of India. In case of the AAI, chairman VP Agrawal had to leave as his name was not cleared by the vigilance department.