Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Air India pilot seeks notice period for 'Aya Ram Gaya Ram netas' as DGCA seeks to double captain's notice period

New Delhi:  With the DGCA buckling under big airlines' pressure and proposing to double commanders' notice period to a year, a senior Air India pilot has sought similar notice period for 'Aya Ram Gaya Ram politicians'. In a Facebook post the Chennai-based pilot says that since this move is proposed to ensure pilots don't quit suddenly and lead to flight cancellations and stranded flyers, the government should frame similar rules for the elected class.

 "Very often we witness governments being toppled by unscrupulous politicians who jump from one party to another. Not only does it cause political instability but also costs the public exchequer dear in terms of election expenses associated with fresh elections," the pilot says.

 "If we have to think of public interest there can be nothing more important than having stable governments. So wouldn't it be in the greater public good if politicians stick to one party or at least give a notice period of 1 year before they switch allegiance for petty gains and cause pandemonium," he adds.

 Pilots across Indian carriers have opposed long notice periods and they say retaining employees in an HR issue in which the DGCA should not interfere, at least not tow the airlines' line completely. Incidentally, aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju was till last year of the view the government should not interfere in the notice period issue as that was between employers (airlines) and employees (pilots). On this ground he had rejected big airlines' demand for increased notice period. But now the DGCA proposes to do what big airlines want.
17/05/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India