Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) finally paid its flight operations inspectors (FOIs) salaries for December and January on Wednesday.
“While the December salary was paid in the morning, the salary for January came later in the day. It came as a surprise, a huge relief,” said a source. But the ‘GST component’ of these inspectors’ salaries, which is paid separately by DGCA, and has been pending for seven months, remains to be paid.
“DGCA will owe each FOI Rs 5 lakh to Rs 11 lakh by way of unpaid ‘GST component’. Though the regulator does not pay it, GST is paid to the government every month by FOIs,” said the source.