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Mumbai: The government has appointed M. Sathiyavathy as director general of civil aviation (DGCA), replacing Prabhat Kumar, according to two government officials.

Sathiyavathy is currently additional secretary and financial adviser to the ministry of civil aviation. She is expected to assume charge on Monday.

“This will not be an additional charge arrangement but a full-time appointment. Sathiyavathy is the first woman DGCA in India," one of the two persons quoted above said on condition of anonymity.

She is 1982 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Union Territories cadre and she was earlier chief secretary in the Puducherry government.

The directorate general of civil aviation is seeking to restore India’s aviation safety ranking, which was downgraded last year by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) due to poor regulatory oversight.

DGCA, as the aviation regulator, registers civilian aircraft, formulates standards of airworthiness for planes, licenses pilots, air traffic controllers and engineers and grants air operating permits to Indian airlines.

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