Letters to the Editor
Dynamic policy for IAF
Sir, - The Prime Minister advised the armed forces to ``frame a dynamic policy'' when he addressed the Combined Commanders Conference (Nov. 27). One can be certain that he had the country's interest at heart when he said this. It is unfortunate though, that the indecisiveness and penchant for procrastination of both politicians and bureaucrats prevents the armed forces from attaining the hardware for the ``dynamic policy'' that they may frame.
Over a decade and a half ago, the La Fontaine Committee was set up, at the behest of the Government, to look into the worrying aspects of flight safety in the air force. The multi-disciplined committee, of which I was a member, probed every aspect of air force activity as also its personnel. An analysis of the College of Defence Management administered questionnaire on psychological and behavioural aspects was also made. This study covered a wide spectrum of IAF personnel from over 15 major air bases. Findings and recommendations of the committee were accepted, virtually unchanged, by both the IAF and the Government. The most important recommendation and the crux of the entire issue was the imperative need for an Advanced Jet Trainer. Even today there is dithering on this vital issue.
Air Cmde. M. Vania, Coimbatore
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