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Tenure of IAF women pilots extended

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Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet has extended the service tenure of women pilots and navigators of transport aircraft and helicopters of the Indian Air Force from 10 to 14 years on an optional basis.

The move is expected to partially stem the shortage of pilots due to `poaching' by private airlines.

The extension of tenure would also apply to women personnel serving as Short Service Commission (SSC) officers in the aeronautical engineering (electronic and mechanical) and non-technical ground duty branches as well as those serving in administrative, accounts, education and meteorology beyond December 2005.

"The scheme would help in improving cadre mobility into higher ranks for permanent Commission officers and meet the shortfall in permanent cadre officers,'' said an official release.

The move would benefit 795 officers in different branches of SSC.

Incidentally, with the extension of tenure of IAF women personnel the Government has now brought in uniformity of women officers serving in armed forces.

The Cabinet had earlier approved the extension in tenure of women personnel in Army and Navy.

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