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Home Rajasthan Jaipur Vips Scared Of Pilot, Price Of Fear Is Rs. 50 Lakh

VIPs scared of pilot, Price of fear is R 50 lakh


Sowmya Sivakumar, DNA | Jul 11, 2012, 05:04AM IST

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Jaipur: Half
a crore for not flying. That is roughly what the government has bestowed in the last five years on an arguably
well-connected pilot hired to fly VIP sorties in Rajasthan. Only problem, he hasnt sat on a VIP flight even once
in this duration.
The state civil aviation department, vested with managing the chief ministers and governors flying forays, has
been shelling out close to a lakh every month to maintain captain Rajeev Dubey, although he hasnt said
Roger on a VIP flight since 2007.
Suspended between 2007 and 2010, he was paid half his salary for 3 years and thereafter has been drawing his
complete pay, all to a staggering total of close to half a crore in the past five years without flying the VIPs even
once in this tenure.
He is a regular employee of the government on deputation to the Rajasthan Civil Aviation Corporation (now
Directorate of Civil Aviation). He was reinstated in 2010 after a -year suspension. He hasnt flown any VIP
flights after that as far as I know, confirmed Rakesh Sharma, managing director, Directorate of Civil Aviation,
Rajasthan.
The government has instead been hiring a private sector pilot, captain Rakesh Sharma (from Religare) at a cost
of Rs. 3.5-5 lakh per month, to fly as co-pilot on VIP flights for the last two and a half years, said sources. This,
despite DGCAs strong objection in last years audit that Captain Rakesh Sharmas services should be stopped
from September 2011, as there is already a regular pilot on the rolls. The Chief Secretary has however
recorded that Dubey cannot be used for VIP security reasons and hence Rakesh may be called, said sources.
What has lead to this absurdly wasteful situation of a regular pilot not flying, yet earning a salary and a
private one hired at an exhorbitant cost against DGCAs diktats?
Dubey was appointed in 2005 as pilot officer with the RCAC, with an endorsement to fly the Augusta the sole
official VIP helicopter purchased in the former CMs regime. He flew alongside Captain AK Sharma till 2007
but was suspended when found falsifying entries in a log book declaring himself to be the pilot-in-charge. The
state government found Dubey guilty and penalised him, only to reinstate him in 2010. But a decision was
taken at the highest level that he will not be put back in the cockpit, said highly placed sources.
If thats the case, then why does the government continue to fund a non-flying pilot?
After the Augusta 109E, carrying chief minister Ashok Gehlot made an emergency landing in Churu district late
2011, the helicopter was grounded and the chief pilot was sent packing as he was on contract. Dubey, on the
other hand, stayed on, as he was the only regular government employee, he claims.
But now, even his status of employment has acquired controversial tones in government circles. The
department of civil aviation and the state Directorate have been passing the buck to prove whether he is a
confirmed employee or not. If Dubey was appointed in 2005 and was suspended in 2007, then when was he
confirmed? The probation period is for 2 years, said a department source.
The deputy secretary, civil aviation has recently written to us asking to clarify if he is a confirmed employee
and asked for a copy of his confirmation letter and license. But we are replying to them that it is the
government which should have these records, said Rakesh Sharma, MD, DCA .
Asked what is the logic in continuing his services when he only has Augusta endorsement whereas the
government is planning to dispose off the helicopter, Sharma said I dont know, it is not my decision, ask the
government. He can always be trained and endorsed for another helicopter when required, he added.
Until then, its a paid holiday for Captain Dubey.

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