Directorate of General of Civil Aviation: Vikram Dev Dutt has been appointed as the incoming director general of the Directorate of General of Civil Aviation by the Cabinet’s appointments committee (DGCA). On February 28, 2023, he will assume control of the aviation regulatory body. He will be succeeding the incumbent DGCA chief Arun Kumar. Earlier, Dutt had also served as the CMD of Air India. He had taken charge in January last year.
In 2022, as part of a senior-level bureaucratic reorganisation carried out by the Centre, Dutt was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India Ltd. Dutt is a 1993-batch IAS officer of AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territory) cadre. Kumar, a 1989-batch IAS officer, was leading the DGCA as its director general since July 2019.
Amardeep Singh Bhatia, Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce, Alok, Additional Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority, and Satinder Pal Singh, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs were among the additional appointments that the ACC approved on Saturday in accordance with the order.The ACC has also approved the extension of the central deputation tenure of Ashutosh Jindal, Additional Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, for a period of one year beyond 16.02.2023 which is up to 16.02.2024 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
About the DGCA:
In January 1978, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) was established as a department of the DGCA. As a result of the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182, on 1 April 1987 the BCAS became an independent agency of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.