New Air India chief Pradeep Singh Kharola likely to take charge this week

Published On: 03, Dec 2017 | Source:

The newly appointed chief is likely to assume charge of his new position this week.

The formalities regarding Kharola's relieving order from his current position in the are being completed and it is expected to be issued in the next couple of days, a source close to the development said.

The had named Kharola, a 1985 batch cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, as Chairman and Managing Director on Nov 28, three days after current CMD was given a three-month extension.

"Kharola is awaiting his relieving order from the government, which is expected to come in the next couple of days. As soon as he gets the order, he will take charge of the new position at Air India," the source told PTI.

Kharola will be the third CMD in a little over three months.

In late August, then incumbent Ashwani Lohani, a 1980-batch Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers officer, was posted back to his parent organisation as Chairman, Railway Board.

Rajiv Bansal, a Nagaland cadre officer, who is also additional secretary in the Petroleum Ministry, was appointed as interim AI chief for three months, which was to end on November 23. However, the on Nov 24 extended his posting for another three months.