IAF pilots not falling prey to pvt airlines lures: Air Chief

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Gandhinagar, Feb 11 (UNI) Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal F H Major today denied that the Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots are being lured away by private airlines because of better perks and monetary benefits.

Talking to mediapersons here at the headquarters of the South-Western Air Command (SWAC), Air Chief Marshal Major said, ''Some foreign and private airlines, which arrived in the country following expansion and privatisation of the aviation industry, had attempted to lure the IAF pilots to join them, but, they could not succeed.'' ''IAF is facing shortfall of pilots and other skilled personnel but, it is not alarming. In fact, it is the Indian Army which is facing shortage of men, not IAF,'' he said.

He added that to lure the youth of the nation to join the defence forces, the armed forces should be made more attractive with monetary perks and other benefits like quality of life, status and respect in society.

He also emphasised that the feeling of patriotism needs to flourish in the young generation.

UNI MP NM SZ HS1930

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