Saturday, March 11, 2017

Aviation Ministry seeks PMO Help for early clearance from Home Ministry

New Delhi: The aviation secretary has sought help from the Prime Minister's Office to reduce the time to get security clearance for its proposals, a clear indication of growing frustration within the ministry over its plans getting stuck at the home ministry.

RN Choubey wrote a letter to the PMO seeking its intervention in January, after a meeting between officials of the aviation and home ministries did not yield any results.
"The letter mentioned the delay in getting security clearance in the Bangalore Airport-Fairfax deal and clearances for directors on the board of various nonscheduled operators," a source in the aviation ministry said.

Any proposal on launching an airline or changes in the top management of airlines requires security clearance from the home ministry. Requests for the clearance are sent through the aviation ministry.
The security clearance for the Fairfax deal came in January-end after the PMO's intervention. A three-member committee with the home and aviation secretaries and the Niti Aayog CEO as its members were formed to provide security clearance to the deal.
11/03/17 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times