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State plans aviation society

Ranchi, Jan. 2: The state government is planning to set up a civil aviation society, replacing the existing authority, to aid and advise the department on various issues, like training of commercial pilots, purchase of new helicopters etc.

The civil society, in due course, will function as a corporation for overall development of the sector in the state.

The proposal was mooted by chief secretary R.S. Sharma during a review of the civil aviation department today.

According to the plan, the society will have four-five members, including the chief secretary, finance secretary, home secretary and the civil aviation secretary.

Currently, the civil aviation authority headed by the department secretary takes most of the key decisions.

Sources said once the new society came up, the department might consider setting up a training institute for commercial pilots. Now, the state has to depend on private agencies for the training purpose.

Earlier, a batch of students from Jharkhand were sent to Hyderabad and Raipur-based flying schools, but they had to leave the course midway as the institutes did not enjoy Director General of Civil Aviation affiliation.

Civil aviation secretary Sajal Chakraborty said they would try to set up the society at the earliest.

In another meeting, the chief secretary reviewed preparations for the Republic Day celebrations.

Sources said students from various schools would participate in a prabhat pheri on January 26.

Also, a tableau depicting achievements of various state government departments would be part of the R-Day parade at Morabadi grounds.

It was also decided to hold a cultural programme on the eve of Republic Day as proposed by state art, culture, sports and youth affairs department secretary Vandana Dadel. It will be organised at Aryabhatta hall of Ranchi University.