The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has dismissed Airports Authority of India (AAI) Chairman RK Srivastava and repatriated him to his parent IAS cadre Jharkhand. Srivastava, a 1984 batch IAS officer, was appointed as AAI chairman for five years in January 2015 on an absorption basis, which meant that he had to resign from IAS to join AAI. He had resigned, but his resignation was not accepted despite both Centre and Jharkhand having BJP-led governments.
The Civil Aviation Ministry may now ask either a AAI board member or a joint secretary in the ministry to take additional charge of AAI chairmanship till it finds a replacement for Srivastava. It may first approach Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) to select a candidate to fill the vacant post. The candidate shortlisted by PESB may require ACC’s approval.