FINANCE secretary Ashok Chawla does not need to worry any longer how he would afford to fly first class with his immediate family members after retirement. Sounds odd, but a recent civil aviation ministry order has a reason to bring cheers to the finance secretary who is retiring on
January 31, 2011.
Yes, Mr Chawla and other former civil aviation secretaries will now get a lifelong free air ticket upgrade facilities on Air
and free access to VIP lounge and any part of an airport anywhere in the country. After all, 24 ex-civil aviation secretaries such as K Roy Paul, Ajay Prasad and MK Kaw will be benefited by civil aviation ministry order dated India March 16, 2010.
These facilities were earlier given only to former civil aviation ministers and ex-Air
CMDs. The ministry which has now decided to extend the facilities to former civil aviation secretaries too, sought a compliance report from Airports Authority of India, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, airports and airlines by India April 30, 2010.
However, facility of upgrades of tickets for self and immediate family of former civil aviation secretaries for travel to the highest class available by Air
or Indian Airlines will be subject to availability of seats, the order said. India
Action and Appoitments
The extension of the inter-cadre deputation of Hari Krishna Paliwal, a 1981 batch UP cadre IAS from Uttar Pradesh cadre to AGMUT cadre (Arunachal Pradesh) till
February 28, 2013 has been approved. He is currently posted in Arunachal Pradesh.