Air India to retired staff: Stop trashing carrier on social media, or lose retirement perks

An office order issued on June 21 and signed by Executive Director (CA) Aruna Gopalakrishnan states: “It has been noticed in the recent past that few retired personnel of Air India are tarnishing the image of the company by posting negative remarks...”

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Published:June 29, 2017 5:31 am
Air India, Air india retired staffs, AI, AI staffs, AIR India retirement perks, Aruna Gopalakrishnan, A copy of the order has been sent to the Air India Retired Employees’ Association. (Representational photo)

Air India has threatened to discontinue post-retirement benefits for former employees who “tarnish the image of the company by posting negative remarks on social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, and also electronic and print media”.

An office order issued on June 21 and signed by Executive Director (CA) Aruna Gopalakrishnan states: “It has been noticed in the recent past that few retired personnel of Air India are tarnishing the image of the company by posting negative remarks…”

It adds: “It is unacceptable that a person, who is availing post-retirement facilities like passage, medical, etc. from Air India talks against the company.”

A copy of the order has been sent to the Air India Retired Employees’ Association.

“Retired personnel may be requested to refrain from posting any negative statement about the company. Retired personnel who make such negative comments with the intention of tarnishing the image of the company will themselves be responsible for cessation of their post-retirement facilities,” the order states, adding that it has been issued “with approval of the Air India chairman and managing director (Ashwani Lohani)”.

When contacted, Air India spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar said, “There are a lot of people who spent more than two to three decades in Air India. During their service period, they held important posts but didn’t said anything. But after retirement, they started defaming the national carrier. Even after retirement, they are availing every possible benefit like passes, medical, etc. That’s why management had decided to cut the benefits if any retired person defames AI.”

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    Shalini
    Jun 29, 2017 at 2:19 pm
    Last paragraph, second line says : ''didn't said" ?? Any explanation The Indian Express?
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      hbn
      Jun 29, 2017 at 3:53 pm
      high expectations...is this first time you are reading IE??
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      TIHAEwale
      Jun 29, 2017 at 10:55 am
      why issue general circular if AI was sincere it should name Jitendra Bhargava who is in all TV channels now shouting how AI has gone to dogs it is for media to question what all things he has done while in service to ensure discipline during his official days. just putting gag order is not going to hide rot in AI . had it not been Govt of India not putting money AI would have been another King Fisher or more worse
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        Devendra Mohanty
        Jun 29, 2017 at 10:24 am
        Day is not far when Air India will deny a passenger on board snacks because he commented on the poor quality of service.
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          k.madhukar
          Jun 29, 2017 at 9:49 am
          Throughout its history, Air India was managing the air line by pampering its bloated staff ,not by its revenue but by tax payers money.
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            Trun
            Jun 29, 2017 at 9:32 am
            Is there any notification for passengers who fly on Airindia the and criticize ?? Maharaja seems to enjoy highlife.
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              Arjun
              Jun 29, 2017 at 8:20 am
              Why is Air India still giving benefits to these retired employees? If they had worked hard and honestly during their time of employment the airline would not have been in such a bad financial mess.
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                Anil Sharma
                Jun 29, 2017 at 11:05 am
                So easy, isn't it, to oversimplify and generalize? Aviation is a tough industry Sir - with much sterner managements in control, with Much more 'hard-working and honest' employees on the roll, worldwide Airlines struggle to avoid "a bad financial mess". Closer home, Spicejet, Jet Airways ...
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                Niladrinath Mohanty
                Jun 29, 2017 at 8:12 am
                Ms. Aruna Gopalakrishnan does not the difference between 'few' and 'a few'.
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                  Dipak
                  Jun 29, 2017 at 8:01 am
                  Stop all the perks of retired Air India staff. They did a lousy job. Praful Patel should thrown in jail.
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