The optimism to bounce back to the business for the aviation sector is still looking far from getting realized. In a recent development, the board of Air India has allowed the airline's Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) to recommend that a non-performing staff member be compulsorily sent on leave without pay for a period of up to five years.
According to reports, it is found that employees will be evaluated by a board in the following categories: Suitability, efficiency, competence, quality of performance, the health of the employee, instances of non-availability of the employee for duty in the past as a result of ill health or otherwise and redundancy.
Air India CMD Rajiv Bansal can now send employees on leave without pay "for six months or for a period of two years extendable up to five years," an official order said. Further, the order mentioned that the departmental heads in the headquarter as well as regional directors are required to assess each employee on the above-mentioned factors and identify the cases where option of compulsory LWP can be exercised."
"Names of such employees need to be forwarded to the General Manager (Personnel) in headquarter for obtaining necessary approval of CMD," it added.
The move comes at a time when the government is attempting to sell off the airline, a process that has been delayed because of the outbreak of coronavirus. The aviation sector has been badly hit due to travel restrictions in India and other countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All airlines in India have taken up cost-cutting measures such as pay cuts and laying off employees.