Prabhat Kumar to hold charge as DGCA

Airports Authority of India chairman VP Agarwal,whose term was ending on Tuesday,got a three-month extension.

Written by Mihir | New Delhi | Published:January 1, 2014 10:39 pm

Prabhat Kumar,joint secretary in the civil aviation ministry,has been given the additional charge of of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh is learnt to have cleared Kumar’s name for the DGCA after the prime minister-headed Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) failed to announce a candidate to fill the DGCA’s post after Arun Mishra left.

The civil aviation ministry has sought ACC approval for Kumar’s appointment as the DGCA for a period of three years. “The minister gave the additional charge to Prabhat Kumar since the ACC order did not come till the end of the day of December 31,2013,” said a senior civil aviation ministry official. He added that Kumar will take charge on Wednesday.

Meanwhile,Airports Authority of India chairman VP Agarwal,whose term was ending on Tuesday,got a three-month extension.

“Agarwal’s extension is dependent on a clearance from the Central Vigilance Commission and he gets a three months extension until CVC clearance or denial comes in,” said a ministry official.

In another development,Ashok Lavasa will take charge as the new civil aviation secretary after incumbent KN Srivastava retired on December 31. Lavasa is a 1980 batch IAS officer of the Haryana cadre.

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