Monday, October 29, 2018

Premature Baby Needs Surgery, But Dad Denied Salary For Exposing Corruption

Mumbai: Born at just 1.02 kg, Eliza is no regular baby. She was born an entire two months early after her mother fell into a coma due to a high level of stress. The source of stress is her father's job. Anand Waghmare, 42, an aviation engineer with Air India, has not been paid his salary for seven months, allegedly in harassment for being a whistle-blower.

When she was born, doctors had thought Eliza would not survive more than five days, as she had developed intra-ventricular haemorrhage (brain bleed). Now, four months old, the infant survived miraculously, but is still in a critical condition and needs surgery.

Once again, her father's job has cast a shadow over the family. While his salary is still being withheld, Air India has demanded that Anand appear for a disciplinary hearing today, leaving his wife and child in such delicate health.
Anand joined Air India in 2006 and in 2014, he reported alleged corruption at the top echelons of the management, including charges of nepotism, and violation of labour laws. He alleged that since then, he was victimised and harassed by Air India officials, including an abrupt transfer from Mumbai to Nagpur on January 16.
"My wife, Jayanti, was in the third month of pregnancy and had no one to take care of her and my young son. I requested the department to allow me stay in Mumbai, but my plea went unheard. Even as I reported for duty in Nagpur, my wife developed Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH). On February 25, she called me back to Mumbai, so I applied for leave," said Anand.
The Air India Disciplinary Inquiry, which has been postponed thrice since August, has now been slated for today. Anand stated he was unavailable due to his daughter's poor health, but the committee did not budge.
29/10/18 Vinod Kumar Menon/Mid Day

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