'I'm Shocked': Mamata Banerjee On Air India's Leave Without Pay Move

“No matter fits them to keep up dictatorship, they’re doing,” Mamata Banerjee stated.


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday condemned the choice to ship some Air India staff on go away for 5 years with out pay. “I’m shocked,” the West Bengal chief minister stated and accused the Centre and the BJP of profiting from the pandemic state of affairs to vary legal guidelines with out session. “No matter fits them to keep up dictatorship, they’re doing,” she stated.

Reviving her protest towards 100 per cent FDI in Coal India – India’s coal PSU headquarters are in Kolkata – Ms Banerjee stated, “Aren’t there labour legal guidelines? Do you need to bulldoze all workers? No pay for 5 years on this state of affairs? Farmers, migrants, authorities workers all of them are asking for meals and cash. Money, as a result of they’ve none.  Economists are saying give money to folks. However you’re snatching their service? You have to be ashamed.” 

Referring to the 5 12 months time period of unpaid go away, Ms Banerjee voiced her suspicion that it had one thing to do with common elections 5 years from now. “5 years they may go on go away? What about elections in 5 years. I enchantment to states…commerce unions…even the BJP one….I enchantment, keep collectively, struggle collectively. Is that this the work of a democratic authorities? Every part is misplaced.” 

In a transfer meant to cut back its variety of workers, the board of Air India has allowed the airline’s Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) to advocate {that a} non-performing employees member be compulsorily despatched on go away with out pay for a interval of as much as 5 years. The transfer comes at a time when the federal government is trying to unload the airline, a course of which has been delayed due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

The plight of state-run BSNL additionally got here up. Ms Banerjee stated the folks had been scared in Covid occasions, worrying about the place to get examined and the place to get admitted for remedy and weren’t focussing on the federal government’s “arbitrary actions”.


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