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Rajiv Bansal Appointed As Air India MD and Chairman

Bansal was in August 2017 named as Air India's interim CMD for three months. He had also replaced Lohani, who was appointed as the chairman of the Railway Board.

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The Central Government appointed Secretaries for several departments. Chief among them is the appointment of Rajiv Bansal as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of national carrier Air India.

AirIndia has announced the appointment of Rajiv Bansal the chairman and managing director for a second time. Bansal, a 1988-batch IAS officer of the Nagaland cadre, is currently the additional secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. He replaces Ashwani Lohani, who has completed his one-year tenure as the head of the airline.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment as the CMD of Air India in the rank and pay of additional secretary, the order stated. 

Bansal was in August 2017 named as Air India's interim CMD for three months. He had also replaced Lohani, who was appointed as the chairman of the Railway Board. During Bansal's three-month tenure, Air India had launched services to Copenhagen among others. In his tenure, he introduced several programs to curb high costs and improve the punctuality of flights

Lohani, a 1980-batch officer of the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers, was in February last year appointed Air India's CMD for the second time for a one-year tenure. He retired as the Railway Board chairman in December 2018.

Bansal comes from Haryana, served in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, where he had looked after digital payments, Aadhaar and the internet.

During his work career of over 30 long years, he has worked at Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) as secretary, joint secretary at the Department of Heavy Industries. He has also been director, Ministry of Civil Aviation.

By professional Bansal is a civil engineer and having a graduation degree from IIT Delhi in 1986 and a Master's degree in international business from IIFT, New Delhi. He also holds a diploma in finance from ICFAI, Hyderabad.

(Inputs from PTI)



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