Thursday, October 20, 2016

Airport safety officer transferred for taking on errant developers?

A senior aviation safety officer who objected to a builder's construction plan around the airport because it jeopardised air safety was on Wednesday barred from entering the Sahar office she had been going to for 12 years, with the authorities telling her she was transferred to Kolkata "in public interest", and had been relieved of duty while she was on leave.
A shocked Mangala Narasimhan, deputy general manager (aviation safety) with Airports Authority of India, will now move court against AAI's September 12 transfer order, alleging that it is out of turn and meant solely to harass her.
Yesterday, when Narasimhan, 48, went to the Air Traffic Services complex, she found that her entry pass had been invalidated following a relieving order issued on September 22.
She has also sought a hearing from AAI's grievance cell, alleging that the transfer flouts service norms, since transfers in the air traffic control cadre -to which she belongs -were completed in June itself.
"What makes this abrupt, out-of-turn transfer worse is that transfer and reliving orders were issued in a hurry when I was on leave," Narasimhan said in her letter to the head of AAI's grievance cell, S Suresh.
20/10/16 Aditya Anand,Mumbai Mirror/The Times Of India