1. Aviation Minister Raju warns Air India staff, says jobs are assured only as long as institution exists

Aviation Minister Raju warns Air India staff, says jobs are assured only as long as institution exists

Sending out a stern message to Air India staff, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju has said "something is lagging" when it comes to commitment shown by them compared with rival airlines.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 25, 2016 3:19 PM
UDAN, Dornier aircraft, Alliance Air, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, DGCA, RUAG, Lok Sabha Raju, who has been generally supportive of Air India which has often drawn flak from various quarters, is of the view that the carrier has definitely done better but there is always scope for improvement. (Reuters)

Sending out a stern message to Air India staff, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju has said “something is lagging” when it comes to commitment shown by them compared with rival airlines.

While acknowledging that Air India, which turned operationally profitable last fiscal, has “done better”, the minister emphasised on the need to ensure more cohesiveness at the national carrier.

The national carrier, staying afloat on a bailout package extended by the central government, is making efforts to improve its financial position, including by way of cost optimisation measures, capacity addition and introduction of new flights.

Raju, who has been generally supportive of Air India which has often drawn flak from various quarters, is of the view that the carrier has definitely done better but there is always scope for improvement.

“The cohesiveness still has to be built in (at Air India)… you have the advantage of different types of airlines, competition is there,” Raju told PTI in an interview.

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“Commitment shown by some of their staff and the commitment shown by Air India staff, there is still something lagging.”

Asked whether such a situation arises out of complacency in certain quarters that there is job security at Air India, the minister said jobs are assured only as long as the institution exists.

It is a good airline and has served the country well, he noted, but “see everywhere job is assured if that institution is there. If the institution goes, what happens to your job?”

Air India still has a debt burden of around Rs 44,000 crore even as it posted an operating profit of Rs 105 crore in the last financial year — for the first time in a decade.

The operational profit came mainly on the back of lower fuel cost and higher passenger numbers.

“Everyone will wish them well, it is a good airline, it served the country well, its financial books are bad and it needs to improve on.

They have to develop strategies. They are on the right track and we wish them a happy, good, meaningful year ahead,” the minister said.

The national airline is surviving on a Rs 30,000-crore bailout extended by the government and it runs till 2020-21.

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    Ashok
    Dec 27, 2016 at 9:53 am
    Mr Minister the commitment is missing from your end to pay ries at PAR with Private Airlines. When you show commitment on that aspect, be sure that the employees will show commitment at par with employees of private airlines.
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    1. guest Joy
      Dec 26, 2016 at 4:56 pm
      The ministers give away routes to foreign airlines, they bring heavy loans on AI, they force AI to pull out from profitable routes to private carriers, they force AI to give away profitable ground handling activity to private carriers, they do not allow AI to function independently, they want their favourite staff to be in plum posts. In the end they cover it all up by blaming the staff. The story sells and everyone is happy and satisfied.
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        SIVAKUMAR
        Dec 27, 2016 at 4:06 am
        Rajuji pl. Try to dig out what Praful Patel did to the company.... Before complain, if you have guts
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          Ind
          Dec 25, 2016 at 11:11 am
          Air India must be merged with Indian Railways, before Air India becomes bankrupt and makes the Government bankrupt.
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            V K
            Dec 25, 2016 at 12:33 pm
            Why do you want to spoil Indian Railway ?
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