Friday, November 16, 2007

freebies in air india


It refers to shocking exposure about Air India’s Joint Managing Director Vishwapati Trivedi misusing rules to have as many as 116 free air-tickets to his family-members during his short stint of just 16 months as Chairman-cum-Managing Director of country’s national airliner. Union Civil Aviation Ministry should investigate how an anti-public circular Reference Number fin/rules/48/252 dated 28.01.1997 was issued (and subsequently misused by Vishwapati Trivedi) by India’s official public-carrier to change definition of family for granting free tickets to Air India employees to include spouse, children, parents, brothers, sisters, sons-in-law and daughters-in-law. Action must be taken by the Ministry against high-profile IAS officer for kisusing rules to benefit his family-members. Rules should be tightened to plug loopholes in rules providing such princely facilities to those in Air India or even in other public-sector airlines if existing there too.


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