Tag: civil aviation

Bureaucrats and freebies

Bureaucrats decide what freebies they should get when they are in service and after retirement. This leads to unjustified entitlements.

Air India survives on bail out money. Civil Aviation Ministry’s decision to grant free ticket upgrades and security passes and access to VIP lounges to former secretaries and their family members is an unjustified decision. The argument that it is a justifiable privilege considering the contribution made by secretaries is hollow. Secretaries are paid for their job and get pension after retirement. They did not do any favour or charity. Considering that Air India survives on bail out money if there is any contribution by secretaries it is in ruining the airline and turning airline’s profit into loss. It is another question whether our airports should have VIP lounges. In a democracy when all are equal how can anyone be a VIP?

Recently PMO objected to Civil Aviation Ministry’s decision. The possibility of bureaucrats in other ministries raising similar demands was a reason for objection. PMO should look into privileges enjoyed by present and former bureaucrats and the ministries should abolish freebies.

Our MPs want whatever bureaucrats get. The demand to raise salary of MP to Rs.80,001/- p.m. was because bureaucrats get Rs.80,000/- p.m. Bureaucrats were exempt from paying toll. MPs demanded that exemption and got it. MPs will demand every privilege given by every ministry to its present and former bureaucrats and cost for the country will be huge.

Air India

There are different views about what is to be done to Air India. One view is to privatise Air India. Another view is opposed to privatisation.
Air India is making loss. If Air India can make profit it can continue as national carrier. Otherwise it has to be privatised.
People in power who misuse Air India should be sacked. During IPL 3 two Air India flights were rescheduled to carry IPL players and passengers had to wait for hours. Praful Patel, civil aviation minister, has to go.
Air India officials who have misused their positions should go.
Air India officials who act for the benefit of private airlines should go and be made to pay for the loss they caused.
Free travel on Air India to former employees and their family members beginning from CMDs should go. They were paid for the job.
Some talk of Air India doing social service. It is not a charitable trust to do social service. Air India should not operate routes that are not profitable.
Many Air India employees know about the misuse of the airline by officials. The employees should go public with such instances.
Gag on employees who speak about misuse of power is unjust. It is done not in the interest of airline but to protect officials and minister.
Employees should not go on flash strikes. When strikes are going on passengers should have correct information.
Problems related to merger of Indian Airlines with Air India should be solved. The merger was supposed to save 500 crore rupees per year. That did not happen. Indian Airlines employees are not happy with the merger.
If within a year Air India does not turn profitable it should be privatised.
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