One of the country’s senior officials and senior bureaucrat Vikram Dev Dutt has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India Limited. This decision was taken in a bureaucratic reshuffle at the senior level of Air India on Tuesday. After this reshuffle under government supervision, Vikram Dev Dutt has been appointed as the most prominent officer of Air India. More recently, Air India was privatized and handed over to the Tata Group.
Vikram Dev Dutt is a senior bureaucrat who is counted among the senior officers of the country. He was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India on Tuesday. Ranking wise, Dutt will now be the head of Air India and will be responsible for all the work in his hands. He has been appointed on the salary of Additional Secretary. This order has been issued by the Personal Ministry of the Central Government.
In another major government decision, Chanchal Kumar has been appointed as the Managing Director of National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited. Chanchal Kumar is a 1992 batch IAS officer. Chanchal Kumar is currently posted in the cadre state of Bihar only.
Vikram Dev Dutt is a 1993 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories) cadre. According to an order issued by the Personnel Ministry, Dutt has been appointed to Air India Ltd. at the level and pay of Additional Secretary.
Earlier a news came that it may take a month to complete the process of handing over the airline Air India to the Tata group. Now this acquisition is expected to be completed by January itself. In October last, the government approved the acquisition of Air India by accepting a bid made by a Tata Sons company. Along with Air India, 100 percent stake of its cheap airline Air India Express will also be sold. Along with this, 50 percent stake of its ground handling company AISATS will be given to the Tata Group.
At that time, it was said from the government that the formalities related to this acquisition would be completed by the end of December.
According to the rules, the process of delivery should be completed in eight weeks but it can be extended if both the parties agree. In this case also, talks are on to extend the date.
An official familiar with the development told ‘Bhasha’ that some regulatory clearances have not been received so far but they will be completed soon. The official, on the condition of anonymity, said, “This process will be completed by January.” However, he did not give any date for this.