New Delhi: Cracking the whip, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has asked airlines to remove within 30 days the directors on their boards who have been appointed without prior security clearance, failing which their aviation operations would be suspended.
In an order issued to all scheduled airline operators, the ministry said it has come across instances where airlines have appointed directors on their boards flouting the Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) despite sensitizing them from time to time.
“The matter has been reviewed in this ministry and it was decided that all the airlines who have appointed directors on their boards without security clearances shall remove such directors within 30 days from the issue of this order (dated March 23).”
As per CAR, a new director or chairman should not be appointed unless security clearance is obtained from the Home Ministry through the Civil Aviation Ministry.
This is applicable for scheduled as well as non-scheduled airline operators.
In May that year, in a separate order, the ministry said the airline companies should appoint directors only after receiving security clearance and they have at least 90 days time to make the appointment under the companies law.