Govt aid to revive JCFC after five years

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Jamshedpur, May 20 (UNI) Jharkhand Co-operative, Revenue and Land Reforms (JCRLR) ministry will provide Rs five crore grant for the revival of closed Jamshedpur Co-operative Flying Club Limited (JCFC), founded by Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata in 1965.

Talking to mediapersons here last evening, JCRLR Minister Dulal Bhuiyan, who was nominated as JCFC president, said the government has chalked out a major revival plan for the club and sanctioned a grant of Rs five crore in this fiscal and will give another 20 crore in the coming years.

The club, which was remained closed due to financial crunch since 2003, will be the first cooperative flying club in the state to be aided by the government.

Mr Bhuiyan said he wanted that the SC/ST and the aspirants from the economically weaker section should opt for aviation sector adding that the government was providing Rs 25 lakhs stipend to such students, who were being trained outside Jharkhand.

''If this flying club operates, then the students will not have to go outside the state,'' he said.

He said the government has also decided to provide land to JCFC in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dumka for setting up flying club along with aeronautical engineering institutions and academies for air-hostess.

JCFC vice-president Sajal Chakrovorty said the club needed at least three air crafts immediately for the resumption of its training and also urged the minister to provide the government air crafts if it failed to maintain properly.

The chief pilot of the state government Ajay Srivastava, who is also the secretary of the club, said the investment of Rs five crore will return to five times if the budding pilots were trained properly.

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