Deposing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament here today,the representatives of various unions of Air India pitched in for the formation of a holding company,providing for separate entities of Air India and Indian Airlines under it.
The representatives of Indian Airlines Officers Association,Indian Aircraft Technicians Association,Air India Aircraft Engineers Association and Airlines Ground Instructors Association,who appeared before the PAC in the light of the CAG report on the Performance of Civil Aviation in India, described the merger of the erstwhile Air India and Indian Airlines as a key reason for the financial problems of the national carrier. The committee heard out the representatives of unions on the issue of losses and sought their suggestions to improve the situation.
The employees representatives also made a forceful case for the restoration of all ground handling rights to Air India. The current arrangement ,giving Air India and Air India-Singapore Airport Terminal Services (AI-SATS) a 50:50 share,had resulted in a big loss of income to Air India,they added. However,the suggestion of Air India unions for the abrogation of the bilaterals signed by India with other countries did not find favour with members of the PAC.
As union representatives complained of being ignored by top officials while taking decisions on vital issues,members of the PAC on their part,sought to know how come they went on a strike much too often.