Rajiv Bansal appointed as Air India chairman and managing director for 3 months
Rajiv Bansal, who is additional secretary and financial adviser at the petroleum ministry, will replace Ashwani Lohani -- who has been appointed as the Chairman of Railway Board.
New Delhi: The government on Wednesday appointed senior IAS officer Rajiv Bansal as the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India for three months.
Bansal, who is additional secretary and financial adviser at the petroleum ministry, will replace Ashwani Lohani -- who has been appointed as the Chairman of Railway Board.
A senior civil aviation ministry official said that Bansal has been appointed as Air India CMD for three months. Bansal is from the Nagaland cadre of 1988 batch and hails from Haryana.
He is taking over as Air India CMD at a time when the government is working on the modalities for the disinvestment of the loss-making national carrier.
He had served at the civil aviation ministry between 2006 and 2008.
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday alleged that the government was "totally confused" on the Air India assets sale and asked it to "sort out its mind" before attempting to tackle the problem.
Weeks after calling Air India's financial situation untenable, CMD Ashwani Lohani calls rumours of shutdown 'baseless'
Air India chief Ashwani Lohani on Saturday said that "rumours" of the disinvestment-bound airline's shutdown are "all baseless", weeks after he told the Civil Aviation Ministry that the carrier's financial situation was "grossly untenable" for sustaining operations.