Some 60 Air India pilots working repatriation flights to deliver again Indians stranded overseas have examined optimistic for coronavirus, the airline has stated in a letter to the federal government.
The Vande Bharat mission to repatriate Indians got here “with a heavy value to pay for these on the frontline. As of date, at the very least 60 plus Pilots have been examined Covid optimistic,” senior-most pilots of the nationwide provider have written within the letter addressed to Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri.
“This has had a ‘devastating impact’ on their relations,” stated the letter, protesting the federal government’s choice to drastically minimize pilots’ salaries.
The federal government choice to scale back the wage of pilots by as much as 75% is “discriminatory, disproportionate and arbitrary and will have a disastrous psychological impression which may set off ‘determined and excessive acts,’ as has been repeatedly confirmed many occasions previously,” warned the senior pilots.
Air India has a debt of round Rs 70,000 crore. The federal government has been attempting to unload the airline however no deal has been closed to this point.
Air India pilots have been the primary to fly into Wuhan to rescue stranded Indians and now operates flights beneath the Vande Bharat scheme to deliver again stranded Indian nationals from a number of nations around the globe.
Greater than 7,73,000 Indians have returned from internationally. “It would at all times be our endeavour to succeed in out to each stranded Indian with a serving to hand,” stated the Minister.
On July 16, Hardeep Puri stated: “It’s important to resolve if you’d like Air India to outlive or do you need to do that. If Air India is to pack up, none of them will get a job. At the moment, there’s a surplus of plane and skilled individuals accessible.”
The minister was justifying Air India’s choice to ship sure staff on depart with out pay for as much as 5 years.
Air India had stated that its monetary scenario could be very difficult as a result of coronavirus pandemic and its depart with out pay scheme for workers is a “win-win” for them in addition to the administration.
Journey restrictions in India and different nations to struggle COVID-19 have severely hit airways not simply within the nation however internationally. All airways in India have taken cost-cutting measures akin to pay cuts, Go away With out Pay and trimming the workforce.