DELHI- The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) aims to introduce a framework in early 2024 to promote the growth of female personnel within Indian aviation sector entities.
DGCA Chief Vikram Dev Dutt revealed this plan on Saturday, stating that the framework, extending beyond paperwork and official circulars, will be unveiled early next year. Dutt made these remarks during the Women in Aviation India awards ceremony.
DGCA Working on New Framework for Women
“As regulators, we recognize an increased responsibility in influencing the private sector. The manner and framework of this influence remain open for discussion, and we appreciate suggestions from all stakeholders. Acknowledging that we may not possess all the wisdom in the world, we understand that venturing into new and unexplored territories demands careful and well-thought-out steps,” he further emphasized.
“Approximately 15 percent of pilots in India are women, marking the highest percentage globally. Mr. Dutt highlighted that within the DGCA, women constitute 11 percent of the workforce.”
“While acknowledging these statistics, he emphasized that they only capture part of the narrative. To gain a more nuanced understanding of gender-related challenges, he has been engaging in informal discussions with female employees.”
“Reflecting on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the aviation sector globally, he observed that there is still considerable progress needed in ensuring meaningful representation of women in decision-making roles,” noted Dutt.
4 Member Committee
“The inherent challenge may stem from the entrenched patriarchal mindset among males, posing an attitudinal obstacle that requires addressing on a broader scale,” he stated.
“As regulators, we initially felt the need to introspect within our organization and confront this issue systemically,” he added.
Earlier this year, in August, the DGCA established a four-member committee tasked with providing recommendations to promote gender equality in the Indian aviation sector.
The committee comprises Survita Saxena, Director (Operations); R P Kashyap, Director (Training); Pavan Malviya, Deputy Director (Administration); and Kavita Singh, Deputy Director (Aircraft Engineering Directorate).”
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