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Air India terminates over 400 contractual employees after their retirement

Last year, the Union Cabinet gave its in-principle approval for disinvestment of Air India and constituted an inter-ministerial group for working on the strategy for the airline's stake sale

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Disinvestment-bound Air has terminated the services of over 400 employees who were hired by the on contractual basis after their retirement.

The employees affected are those hired for non-technical roles and the move follows an order from the airline's

The latest directive follows a similar order issued in August, which put on hold proposals for employing recently retired officials as well as renewing contracts for those former employees who were due for an extension.

Last year, the gave its in-principle approval for of Air and constituted an group for working on the strategy for the airline's stake sale.

"The CMD has directed that contract of the retired employees under non-technical category (i.e. excluding pilots, flight dispatchers, service engineers, OPT, OTT instructors, flight safety) be terminated with immediate effect," as per a circular issued by Executive Director-Personnel on January 5.

The directive, however, adds that exceptions could be made for officials performing critical roles on a case-by-case basis.

"In case there are cases which cannot be terminated as they are handling critical assignment, proper justification to be put up to CMD for his perusal and approval," as per the order.

Air spokesperson confirmed the development.

Another source added that there were nearly 412 retired personnel working with the whose services have now been discontinued.

These employees also include those working with Air India's subsidiary such as (AIATSL), Charters Limited, Allied Services Limited and Engineering Services Limited.

The previous CMD, Rajiv Bansal, had ordered in August that "all proposals received for the post-retirement engagement of employees and renewals may be kept in abeyance till further orders.

First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 22:03 IST