Monday, July 31, 2017

Court ‘promotes’ retired flight staffer

Mumbai: Seventeen years after he was denied a promotion, the Bombay High Court has directed that Karam Singh, who has since retired from Air India as flight purser, be notionally promoted as manager and all entitlements and benefits be paid to him within three months. The court also noted that Mr. Singh belongs to the Scheduled Castes, and promotion is also governed by reservations for SC and ST employees.

A Division Bench comprising Justices A.A. Sayed and M.S. Karnik was hearing a plea filed by Mr. Singh, which said he was aggrieved as Air India had not promoted him as manager despite his seniority and satisfying all criteria. According to the petition, Mr. Singh joined the airline in July 1977 as an assistant flight purser and was promoted as flight purser in April 1987. He was later promoted as senior check flight purser.

In 1997, AI revised promotion policy for its cabin crew to avoid stagnation due to vacancy-based promotions. The petitioner, a senior check flight purser, was eligible for promotion under the policy as manager, as he had completed 22 years of service. However, in an order in September 1998, Mr. Singh was punished and salary increments were suspended till January 2000.

When he finally received his increment, Mr. Singh requested the airline that he be promoted as manager with effect from January 2000 with all benefits and allowances at the applicable rate. He also said he should have been promoted in 1999, considering his years of service.
31/07/17 Sonam Saigal/The Hindu