Air India to set up internal panel to address privatization
Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri has asked disinvestment-bound Air India to set up an internal mechanism committee comprising members from the management and its various trade unions to sort out privatisation-related issues of employees, a source said yesterday. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri assured the employees, mainly the pilots that the government was committed to full payment of their dues in the face of the privatisation. At a meeting between the minister and representatives of over a dozen Air India unions in New Delhi recently, the minister also “assured” the employees of full payment of their arrears, according to the source. The nearly hour-long meeting was also attended by Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani and airline’s Director for Personnel Amrita Sharan, the source who was present at the meeting said.