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Free tickets for Air India bigshots,serving,ex,deceased too

Doesn't matter how badly Air India is bleeding — when it comes to deciding on freebies for the staff and the top brass.

Written by Ajmer Singh | New Delhi |
December 11, 2011 3:53:03 am

Doesn’t matter how badly Air India is bleeding — when it comes to deciding on freebies for the staff and the top brass.

The Air India Board has received a startling proposal cleared by itsHuman Resources Committee that goes far beyond the current entitlements and allows the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD),top officials and their families,to get lifelong free air tickets for both domestic and international travel,that,too,in First Class and Business Class.

Not just that.

If the proposal is cleared,these freebies will be available even if the officers have retired. And if they have passed away,the freebies will pass on to their families. Definition of a family? “Self,spouse,children,parents,son-in-law,daughter-in-law,brothers and sisters.”

On October 18,the Human Resources committee of Air India approved this new proposal for the joint entity (Indian and Air India) which will be applicable on the company network,including that of subsidiaries. The revised passage — each passage means a free return ticket — proposal,once cleared by the Board,will be effective from August 1,2011.

At the November 29 board meeting,non-official members and Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor Bharat Bhushan are said to have objected to the proposal. They have asked Air India to get back with comparative figures of passage entitlements which were applicable to officials of both Air India and the erstwhile Indian Airlines.

When contacted,AI spokesperson GP Rao said the proposal is “still under consideration.”

The salient points of the proposal applicable to the top brass:

CMD/MD: Family entitled to unlimited free passages. On retirement,annual entitlement is “24 passages on domestic network and 24 passages on international network in First Class for family.” If deceased,12 annual passages on domestic and 12 on international for family in First Class.

Serving functional Directors: 24 passages on domestic network and 24 passages on international network in a year in First Class for Self and Spouse and Business Class for family. On retirement,20 passages on domestic and 20 on international in First Class for Self and Spouse,Business Class for family. If deceased,10 passages on domestic network and 10 passages on international network for Spouse in First Class,family on Business Class.

Serving Executive Directors: 20 annual passages on domestic and 20 on international sectors in Business Class for Family. On retirement,16 passages on domestic and 16 on international sectors. If deceased,family gets eight passages on domestic network and eight on international network each year in Business Class.

Serving General Manager: 16 passages on domestic and 16 passages on international sector in Business Class each year for Family. On retirement,12 Business Class passages on domestic and 12 on international each year. If deceased,family gets six passages on domestic and six on international sector each year in Business Class.

Deputy GM/Joint GM/Additional GM: 12 passages on domestic and 12 on international for Family in Economy upgradable to Business if available; on retirement,eight passages on domestic and eight on international; if deceased,family gets four passages on domestic and four on international.

These top officials,including others (see box) will have to pay only taxes and Staff Travel Fare (STF) which is Rs 250 per coupon (per sector) for domestic travel,Rs 500 per coupon for international travel and Rs 1000 per coupon for non-stop ultra-long haul flights.

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