Ashok Lavasa likely to be new aviation secretary1 min read . Updated: 24 Dec 2013, 11:07 PM IST
Ashok Lavasa will be taking charge from K.N. Srivastava
Mumbai: Ashok Lavasa, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1980 batch, is likely to be named the new secretary of the aviation ministry from 1 January, according to two ministry officials.
Lavasa is serving as special secretary with the power ministry.
He will be taking charge from K.N. Srivastava, an IAS officer of the 1978 batch who will retire on 31 December.
Mint could not immediately contact Srivastava or Lavasa for a comment.
“The ministry of civil aviation will shortly appoint a director general of civil aviation (DGCA). We have shortlisted some officers and will finalize soon," one of the officials cited above said.
The UN watchdog International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has selected India’s current DGCA Arun Mishra as its new regional director for the Asia-Pacific region.
Mishra, a 1986-batch West Bengal cadre IAS officer, will replace Pakistani diplomat Mokhtar A. Awan at the ICAO regional office in Bangkok.
These appointments assume significance as the ministry is in the process of privatizing state-run airports and India is going to face a compliance audit by the US regulator Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
FAA decided to inspect DGCA for compliance with corrective measures to address 33 deficiencies that surfaced in its September audit of the Indian regulator. The deficiencies highlighted by the FAA included lack of sufficient manpower, absence of proper documentation and conflict of interest.