Thursday, August 18, 2016

‘Never tempted to keep the money’

New Delhi: “Imagine misplacing Rs.50. Then imagine someone finding and returning it to you. Wouldn’t you feel happy? Seeing someone’s face light up with a happy smile is the biggest reward one can ask for,” said Subhash Chander, a security officer with national carrier Air India.

However, in the case of Mr. Chander, take the Rs.50 and multiply it by 10,000. The security officer, who has been working with Air India for 29 years, received an out-of-turn promotion on Independence Day for “exemplary honesty and professional integrity”. This is the first time that the national carrier has promoted someone for honesty.

In June, Mr. Chander found a pouch containing foreign currency worth over Rs.5 lakh while checking an aircraft that had just arrived from Hong Kong. He immediately tracked down the passengers and returned the money.

“All passengers had de-boarded and I was carrying out a routine search of the aircraft, during which all seats are checked to ensure that no one has left behind any hazardous item, when I spotted the pouch,” he said.

The pouch contained $6,056 and €1,290, worth over Rs.5 lakh.

“I immediately called a colleague to note down the details of the items found. Besides the money, there was an insurance policy inside the pouch along with a phone number. I called up the number and located one of the passengers,” Mr. Chander added.

The three passengers had already boarded a connecting flight to Mumbai and were not even aware that they had misplaced their money.

“I informed them that the pouch was with me. After due verification, I rushed to the aircraft they had boarded. They were extremely happy to get their money back.”
18/08/16 Sidhartha Roy/The Hindu
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