Saturday, December 28, 2019

Air India move to engage ex-staff irks employees, adds cost burden

New Delhi: Sale-bound Air India's decision to re-employ nearly half a dozen retired officers at key positions has left many senior executives annoyed.

The move has not gone down well with many of them claiming that it has not only affected the career progression of current employees but also adds to the cost.

The positions filled with retired officials are Executive Director (Medical), ED (Disinvestment), ED (Civil), ED (Art) and ED (Finance). IANS had on October 29 reported that the airline had hired an expensive publicist despite having a full-fledged and functional corporate communication department.
The re-employment has been done despite the airline bleeding profusely and struggling to survive without another financial support from the government. The airline is reported to have made an operating loss of Rs 4,685 crore in 2018-19 while its net loss was largest in its history at Rs 8,556 crore (provisional).

"Re-employment clearly shows that the management is not serious about cost-cutting," said an official wishing not to be named. Air India did not reply to the IANS query on the issue despite multiple attempts.

In reply to various Parliament questions on Air India, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that government was closely reviewing the operational and financial performance of the airline to ensure its successful disinvestment.
27/12/19 IANS/New Indian Express

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