Friday, March 18, 2016

Govt removes Airports Authority of India chairman R K Srivastava

In a sudden move, Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman R K Srivastava was on Thursday removed from the post by the government, nearly 15 months after he was brought at the helm for a five-year term.
A 1984-batch Jharkhand-cadre IAS officer, 58-year-old Ravindra Kumar Srivastava had taken charge in January last year.
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma confirmed the move to replace the AAI chairman.
Sharma told PTI from Gorakhpur (UP) that the government will find a suitable replacement for Srivastava soon.
However, Sharma did not give the reason for the decision to remove Srivastava.
The move to replace Sharma comes at a time when AAI has sought documents from its joint venture partners - GMR and GVK - for a CAG audit of the books of accounts of the Delh and Mumbai airports.
This is not the first time that an AAI chairman has been shown the door. In January 2014, the then UPA government had abruptly removed V P Agarwal.
Sources said Arun Kumar, who is presently Joint Secretary for airports in the Civil Aviation Ministry, is likely to be given the additional charge of AAI chairman.
17/03/16 PTI/The Times Of India
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