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Arun Kumar given additional charge of DGCA

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  • The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had in March grounded all B737 Max 8 planes in India
  • Some of the key issues that is expected to be handled by the DGCA in the coming months could include the re-induction of Boeing 737 Max aircraft

MUMBAI : Arun Kumar, a member of the prestigious Indian Administrative Services (IAS) cadre, has been given the additional charge of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), a body under the ministry of civil aviation that governs aviation regulations in the country, the ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Kumar, who currently holds the position of an additional secretary at the aviation ministry, will succeed B S Bhullar, who has been at the helm of the agency since 2016. Kumar will however continue to hold his position at the aviation ministry.

Kumar will hold his new position -- that comes into effect from 31 May -- 'for three months' or 'till an incumbent is selected', the aviation ministry said in its statement.

However, it's worth noting that Bhullar, who was heading DGCA till yesterday, was initially given the additional charge of DGCA while being an additional secretary with the aviation ministry in July 2016, before his appointment was made permanent during December 2016.

Some of the key issues that is expected to be handled by the DGCA in the coming months could include the re-induction of Boeing 737 Max aircraft into the fleet of Indian airlines.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had in March grounded all B737 Max 8 planes in India, in line with similar moves across the world after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board.

This was the second accident involving a 737 Max plane in five months. The first was of a Lion Air plane in Indonesia in October. The planes are expected to be operational from July-end, Kiran Koteshwar, chief financial officer (CFO) of SpiceJet, had told in an earlier interview.

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