Sunday, July 05, 2020

Top Air India officials to retire, squabble for posts begins

New Delhi: The race to reach the top positions of Air India has picked up steam as 10 senior executives are scheduled to retire in the next six months.

Accordingly, Air India CMD Rajiv Bansal has sounded out these 10 officials to chart out their respective succession plans, thereby ruling out any possibility of an extension.

In effect, the move is viewed in line with the flag carrier''s efforts to streamline the company''s top-heavy management structure.

Consequently, sources in the airline told IANS that a squabble for these positions has already started as internal bickering among senior officials has risen.

Till recently, post-retirement job extensions were given to the airline''s executives as even some retirees were also re-hired.

However, this practice has been stopped, a senior AI official told IANS on condition of anonymity.

Besides, the official cited a letter dated June 24, in which Bansal named all 10 executives who are to retire in the coming months and asked them to put in place their respective succession plans.

These executives include Arvind Kathpalia, ED (Special Projects), Arun Kumar Bansal, ED (Engineering), Rajeev Bajpai, ED (Training), and Ajay Thakur, GM (Administration), Headquarters.

"All concerned are requested to put in place a succession plan, indentify the successor and put him or her in position to take over the charge from the current incumbents on the day of their superannuation so that there is no disruption of work," Bansal said in the letter.

Furthermore, he scuttled their chances of any future company engagement, by writing: "No request for engagement on post retirement basis should be initiated in this regard."

Unfortunately, this has triggered internal bickering and even routine intra-department transfers are now viewed with suspicion, the official said.
05/07/20 IANS/Outlook

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