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Rajiv Bansal takes over as CMD of Air India

Rajiv Bansal
Rajiv Bansal
Mr. Rajiv Bansal, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1988 batch (Nagaland cadre), took over as the Chairman and Managing Director of national carrier Air India here today.
 
Mr. Bansal, who was serving as Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, has succeeded Mr. Ashwani Lohani, an officer of the Indian Railways Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME), 1980 batch, who has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Railway Board in place of Mr. A. K. Mital, who resigned in the wake of two major train accidents in four days.
 
Mr. Bansal had earlier worked as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) where he was looking after Digital Payments, IT Act, Aadhaar, and Internet Governance. 
 
He had earlier also served as Director in the Ministry of Civil Aviation and had played a crucial role as a Board member of the National Aviation Company of India Limited (NACIL) during the formative years of the merged national carrier. He has also earlier served as a board member of the Alliance Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India, adding to his experience of the civil aviation sector.
 
"I feel happy and proud to be given this opportunity to lead the national carrier. The company has been growing from strength to strength - inducting new aircraft and introducing new routes. We will plan to work on profitability with a missionary zeal, improve our On Time Performance and ensure customer satisfaction. I seek the support of all fellow Indians to fly Air India our national carrier - Air India – Truly Indian!" he said after assuming office.
 
Among other assignments, Mr. Bansal has worked as Secretary, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) and Joint Secretary, Department of Heavy Industries, Government of India. He has also served on the Boards of BHEL, AYCL, HMT and the GITA.
 
Mr. Bansal has a degree in civil engineering from IIT Delhi, a diploma in finance from ICFAI, Hyderabad and an Executive Master's in International Business from IIFT, New Delhi.
 
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