New Delhi– Air India’s Chairman and Managing Director Rajiv Bansal was on Wednesday named the new Union Civil Aviation Secretary.

He will succeed Pradeep Singh Kharola, who retires this month-end.

A statement from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet said: “Rajiv Bansal (IAS:1988:NL) appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation.”

“He replaces Pradeep Singh Kharola (IAS:1985:KN) who will be retiring this month-end. Presently, Bansal is working as CMD, Air India.”

The appointment comes at a time when pandemic has heavily battered the sector and the Centre is in final stages of divesting the national carrier. (IANS)