Monday, December 06, 2010

Will new DGCA EK Bharat Bhushan be able to do a Captain Gopinath?

IF YOU are a victim of exorbitant airfare in India during the recent time, you must check out this man and his mandate. EK Bharat Bhushan, new Director General of Civil Aviation and 1979 batch Kerala cadre IAS is the only hope for thousands of air travelers as DGCA’s tough decisions could force airlines not to extract too much from passengers. Bharat Bhushan, a post graduate in English literature and Edward Mason International Fellow from Harvard University was made an interim CMD of Air India last year when Raghu Menon left the National Carrier as MD.
EK Bharat Bhushan who reportedly had a meeting with Low-cost air carriers (LCCs) including IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir is expected to meet the representatives of full service carriers soon. But the big question is – will Bharat Bhushan be able to do a Captain Gopinath who with his low cost carrier, Deccan Air, forced all carriers to take a pro-passenger policy? Thanks to the affordable pricing scheme of Captain Gopinath, who has now launched a new cargo business, thousands of lower middle class Indians could dream to fly. Though civil aviation minister Praful Patel has talked touch on exorbitant airfares recently, many air travelers are actually pinning their hopes on DGCA.
Born in Calicut on January 1955, Bharat Bhushan was a collector of Malappuram and served as MD in a number of organizations in his home state Kerala. In mid-1990s, he moved to Delhi on deputation and served in the ministry of commerce and industry, first as a director and then as a joint secretary. He was a joint secretary in the ministry of communications and information technology in 2007-09 before joining as a joint secretary in the ministry of civil aviation on February 2009. In April, 2009, he was promoted as an additional secretary of the same ministry.
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  1. Appeal to DGCA
    Regulate the air carriers,not to extract too from pasengers.

  2. when will this nation start getting rid of babus in every field and bringing in professional pilots to head aviation regulator, it is the biggest irony of indep india that a babu who has done a tenure in avn ministry is considered fit to head such a crucial post without even knowing what flying means or what should be the requirements of an airfield, all he wud know wud be what he must have been briefed or read after appointment....these posts should not become like ministers where even tenth pass mp/ mla is detailed as education minister,,,,,the large numbers of mishaps happening with great regularity are an indication of an extremely unsafe environment for flg...god bless the country and hope he inculcates some wisdom in our ministers to start looking for professinals to head such organisations!!!