Wednesday, August 02, 2017

AAI to withdraw staffers from airport on Sept 1

Nagpur: MIHAN India Limited (MIL), the authority which looks after operations and maintenance of the Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, has failed to pay salaries of Airport Authority of India (AAI) employees.
The dues of employees rendering services at the airport has swelled to Rs50.54 crore in last 8 years. Taking serious cognisance of the issue, AAI has taken a decision to withdraw its technical and experienced staff from the airport from September 1. However, MIL is claiming that it will manage the services by engaging employees on temporary basis and also through outsourcing.
Airports Authority Employees' Union has termed the decision as unjust and has warned of agitation if AAI transfers the employees to other places. The union is also likely to approach Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on MIL's decision to manage fire and emergency services at the airport by hiring employees on contractual basis.
Senior airport director and chief operating officer of MIL, VS Mulekar confirmed about AAI's decision to withdraw its employees after August 31. "Chairpersons of MADC and AAI have jointly taken this decision. Around 95 employees of AAI are working with MIL at the airport. MIL can outsource all works excluding fire and emergency services. At present, around 70 employees of fire services are working with the MIL. Appointment of chief fire officer has been done and recruitment process to appoint fire personnel on temporary basis of one year has kicked-off. Services like electrical etc will be managed by roping in private agencies," Mulekar said.
02/08/17 Anjaya Anparthi/Times of India