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State ready to hire pilot again

Ranchi, June 21: More than a year after the state pilot resigned, Jharkhand police has once again begun a fresh attempt to hire a couple of pilots for running its lone chopper Dhruv.

Yesterday, the state home department published advertisements for immediate enrolment of pilots, preferably those adept at flying ALH (advanced light helicopter) Dhruv, on contract.

As for experience, the state wants pilots who have notched at least 2,000 hours on helicopters, at least 500 hours on multi-engine aircraft and 100 hours of night flying.

“Candidates with relevant qualifications approved by director-general of aviation (DGCA), or those with lesser experience, will be considered depending on their skills and current licence status,” read the advertisement issued by joint secretary Vidhyakant Pathak.

Of the three Dhruv helicopters in Jharkhand, two are with BSF and one with the state police.

If Jharkhand’s earlier attempts at hiring pilots have met with little success, sources in the state home department claimed it was due to tough recruitment rules.

“We tried a couple of times in the past but the eligibility criteria were very tough. Also, many cited poor remuneration. We have changed a lot of our demands this time. Therefore, we are hopeful,” said a department official.

Applications, the advertisement, said can be sent via post or email (sec-home-jhr@nic.in) by June 30. The department will reimburse economy class travel to Ranchi of shortlisted candidates who are called for interviews.