Consultations on over draft note on restructuring AI pay frame
On completion of these consultations, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) would take up for consideration the proposal which is likely to save over Rs320 crore annually for the ailing national carrier, they said.
The draft was based on the recommendations of Justice D M Dharmadhikari Committee, which had gone into issues relating to pay-scales and career progression to bring about integration and parity among the employees of the two erstwhile state-run airlines -- Air India and Indian Airlines.
While the pay scales and allowances of the employees have been fixed in accordance with the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) guidelines, those for pilots, engineers, cabin crew and technicians would be determined on the basis of the industry norms.
Since these issues fall beyond DPE guidelines, the approval of the Union Cabinet is required, the sources said.
Air India's annual wage bill stands at about Rs 3,200 crore, of which Rs 1,750 crore is spent on wage and allowances for licensed category employees such as pilots, cabin crew and engineers.
Restructuring of allowances for the licensed staffers is estimated to save Rs 200 crore, while those for the non- licensed ones could save another Rs 120 crore, they said.
While Productivity-linked Incentive (PLI) for all staffers has been abolished from July last year, an important issue is to end the difference in the
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