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Air India pilot unions threaten not to support airline’s normal operations

Though the government has brought every state onboard for allowing domestic flight operations, Air India pilot unions IPG and ICPA threatened they might not be able to extend support to the airline’s ‘normal operations’ and in the matter of flight duty and time limitations (FDTL). They have alleged that financial and other issues of employees remain unresolved. 

These unions representing pilots operating Boeing and Airbus aircraft of the airline in a joint letter to the personnel department sought to know the outcome of the various cost-cutting measures that Air India initiated in March to deal with its precarious finances.

The IPG and ICPA letter comes ahead of the resumption of commercial passenger services on domestic routes from May 25, which were suspended about two months ago along with international services in the wake of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown imposed by the government on March 25.

Air India had announced a host of measures to reduce costs, including withdrawing special allowances for pilots and other facilities for its officials, a 10 percent deduction in allowances (excluding basic pay, HRA and variable dearness allowance) in respect of all employees, except cabin crew, for a period of three months effective from March.

25 May 2020
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PM lauds Air India for evacuating Indians, Puri praises AI's pilots as well

Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Air India for evacuating Indians stranded abroad amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

His latest tweet reads, “Extremely proud of this team of @airindiain, which has shown utmost courage and risen to the call of humanity. Their outstanding efforts are admired by several people across India. #IndiaFightsCorona”

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri  writes in his tweet, “The crew of @airindiain Boeing 777 led by Capt Swati Raval & Capt Raja Chauhan responded to the call of duty & displayed exemplary determination by airlifting 263 Indians, mostly students, stranded in Rome.”


23 Mar 2020
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Air India pilot unions threaten not to support airline’s normal operations

By IndianMandarins 25 May 2020

Though the government has brought every state onboard for allowing domestic flight operations, Air India pilot unions IPG and ICPA threatened they might not be able to extend support to the airline’s ‘normal operations’ and in the matter of flight duty and time limitations (FDTL). They have alleged that financial and other issues of employees remain unresolved. 

These unions representing pilots operating Boeing and Airbus aircraft of the airline in a joint letter to the personnel department sought to know the outcome of the various cost-cutting measures that Air India initiated in March to deal with its precarious finances.

The IPG and ICPA letter comes ahead of the resumption of commercial passenger services on domestic routes from May 25, which were suspended about two months ago along with international services in the wake of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown imposed by the government on March 25.

Air India had announced a host of measures to reduce costs, including withdrawing special allowances for pilots and other facilities for its officials, a 10 percent deduction in allowances (excluding basic pay, HRA and variable dearness allowance) in respect of all employees, except cabin crew, for a period of three months effective from March.

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PM lauds Air India for evacuating Indians, Puri praises AI's pilots as well

By IndianMandarins 23 Mar 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Air India for evacuating Indians stranded abroad amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

His latest tweet reads, “Extremely proud of this team of @airindiain, which has shown utmost courage and risen to the call of humanity. Their outstanding efforts are admired by several people across India. #IndiaFightsCorona”

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri  writes in his tweet, “The crew of @airindiain Boeing 777 led by Capt Swati Raval & Capt Raja Chauhan responded to the call of duty & displayed exemplary determination by airlifting 263 Indians, mostly students, stranded in Rome.”


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Air India: Puri to meet trade unions amid sale process

By IndianMandarins 20 Jan 2020

New Delhi: Amid government’s attempt to sell stake in Air India, trade unions of the aviation company are likely to demand a VRS package at their second meeting with Minister of State for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri. He is likely to meet over a dozen Air India unions including unrecognised ones.

This is for the second time in a month over airline's privatisation plans. The government is planning to float Expression of Interest (EoI) for selling its entire 100 per cent stake in the loss-making flag carrier some time next week.

The minister had made it clear that privatisation was the only option before the government at the first meeting on January 2, 2020 to keep the airline afloat and sought employees cooperation in carrying out the disinvestment process.

Puri had also told unions that he would call them again after the meeting of the ministerial panel on Air India disinvestment. The GoM led by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on January 7 approved the plan to invite EoI and the sale-purchase agreement for the disinvestment of the state-run carrier.

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11 airports in J&K and 2 in Ladakh put up for bidding under UDAN

By IndianMandarins 06 Dec 2019

Under the fourth round of the regional air connectivity scheme, as many as 11 airports in J&K and two in Ladakh have been put up for bidding. Around 688 routes have been awarded to various air operators under the Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) so far that seeks to connect unserved and underserved destinations and also make flying more affordable.

Union civil aviation ministry announced fourth round of UDAN bidding and its focus is on North East Region, hilly states, J&K and Ladakh. The ministry has put on offer bids for 11 unserved airports in J&K and 2 underserved airports in Ladakh region under UDAN 4.0.

The 11 airports in J&K are Akhnur, Chamb, Chushal, Fukche, Gurex, Jhangar, Miran Sahib, Panzgam, Poonch, Rajouri and Udhampur. The two aerodromes in Ladakh are at Kargil and Thoise. J&K and Ladakh are now Union territories.

For UDAN 4.0, initial proposals can be submitted till January 1, 2020, and counter proposals till January 13. The declaration of selected airline operator and issue of letter of award (LoA) would be done on January 31, 2020.

Among other incentives, the ministry would be extending additional viability gap funding of around 25 per cent to the participating airlines under UDAN 4.0.

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Privatisation drive: Govt to privatise 6 more airports

By IndianMandarins 28 Oct 2019

It is not only railways that are under privatization drive, the NaMo Government has also decided to privatise six more airports in the country. They included – Bhubaneswar, Indore, Trichy, Amritsar, Raipur and Varanasi by January 2020.

A draft cabinet note in this regard proposing to put up airports for sale has been circulated and the Cabinet is likely to approve it by the first week of December. The board of AAI has approved the proposal and sent the proposal to Union finance ministry. But prior to everything, this will be put up for approval after the go-ahead from law ministry.

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Tenure of OSD & PS to Union Ministers curtailed

By IndianMandarins 08 May 2019

Ahead of the completion of its own tenure the NaMo administration has started winding up its first term which reflects other ways as well. PS and OSDs to Union Ministers were on Tuesday appointed to the post of Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Director in various ministries following the curtailment of their tenures with respective ministers.

  • The tenure of N Ashok Kumar (IAS:2004:MT) as OSD Dr Satya Pal Singh, Union MoS for Human Resource Development, was curtailed. Further, he was appointed to the post of Director, Department of Commerce for a period ending May 2023.
  • The tenure of Dr Ashima Jain (IAS:2008:BH) as Private Secretary to Sadhwi Niranjan Jyoti (Union MoS for Food Processing Industry) was curtailed. Further, she was appointed Deputy Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs for a period ending February 2022.
  • The tenure of Ajay Yadav (IAS:2005:BH) as OSD to Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution (Ram Vilas Paswan) was curtailed. Further, he was appointed in the Ministry of Civil Aviation as Deputy Secretary up to 30 June 2019 and further as Director up to December 2022.
  • The tenure of Durga Sakthi Nagpal (IAS:2010:UP) as OSD to Union Minister for Agriculture (Radhamohan Singh) was curtailed. Further, she was appointed Under Secretary (up to 30.06.2019) and further as Deputy Secretary (w.e.f. 01.07.2019) in the Department of Commerce for a period ending 14.01.2021.

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Who will replace Shekhar in ICAO, Montreal, Canada?

By IndianMandarins 08 Apr 2019

The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Thursday invited applications for the post of Representative of India in the Council of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO, Montreal, Canada).  The post is much in demand among the career bureaucrats empanelled to hold Joint Secretary-level post in the Govt of India.

 

The post will fall vacant after Alok Shekhar (IAS:1994:PB) completes his three-year tenure on 29 October 2019. Shekhar, then Secretary AERA, had replaced Prashant Narain Sukul (IDAS:1982) in ICAO.

 

Following the advertisement of the post, power corridors are abuzz as to who may be the lucky one to replace Alok Shekhar.


The applicants are required to have the experience of working for at least twelve months in the field of civil aviation.

 

It may be mentioned that the ICAO, a UN body, which is composed of 36 states, is elected for a three-year term. The council member states are chosen under three headings -- states of chief importance in air transport, states which make the largest contribution to the provision of facilities for air navigation and states whose designation will ensure that all major areas of the world are represented.

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Next Civil Aviation Secretary: A puzzle for PMO

By IndianMandarins 29 Jan 2019

As Union Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Nayan Chaubey (IAS:1981:TN) is scheduled to superannuate on 31st of this month, it is speculated that the government may draft the incumbent AAI Chairman Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra (IAS:1986:GJ) as Chaubey’s successor.

 

In case the speculations turn out to be true, it may necessitate a lateral shift of Air India CMD P S Kharola (IAS:KN:1985) who may opt to exit rather than reporting to a junior batch officer.


Else, there is a possibility that the administration may either shift Kharola to another ministry or pick up a 1984 batch IAS officer as Chaubey’s successor. In case Dr. Mohapatra is drafted as next Civil Aviation Secretary, the establishment would have to start looking for a new AAI Chairman and Air India CMD.

 

Probably, this may be a reason for a delay in the announcement of the name of the next Civil Aviation Secretary.


It may further be underlined that Choubey may be appointed UPSC Member ahead of his retirement. 

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