AI-IA merger: Panel to examine HR issues

The government may move forward on resolving the outstanding human resources issues arising out of merger of Air India with the erstwhile Indian Airlines by March this year

Written by ENS Economic Bureau | Mumbai | Published:February 16, 2012 12:21 am

The government may move forward on resolving the outstanding human resources issues arising out of merger of Air India with the erstwhile Indian Airlines by March this year. The civil aviation ministry has formed a three-member panel to examine the recommendations of the Justice Dharmadhikari report on these issues submitted to it recently.

“This committee will look into various recommendations in this report of Justice Dharmadhikari Committee and give its comments in terms of implementability of those recommendations,keeping in mind the employee’s interests,the functional viability of the Company,the financial implications and also various other practical aspects of implementation,” said the ministry spokesperson.

The report has called for linking the state-owned carriers’ salaries to the Department of Public Enterprises guidelines and advocated a graded system. It has voted for benchmarking pilots’ salaries to the industry standards and pruning their wage bill by 10-15 per cent.

Besides Prashant Sukul,joint secretary in the ministry handling Air India,the new committee includes A K Sinha,joint secretary,Department of Public Enterprises and RP Singh,director (HR),IFFCO as an outside expert. The panel will give its report by the first week of March. The decision to expedite the implementation of the report was backed by the ministerial panel reviewing the progress of Air India’s turnaround plan.

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