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New Delhi: At the least 60 pilots concerned within the Vande Bharat Mission to fly again Indians stranded overseas due to the Covid-19 pandemic have examined constructive for the illness, Air India’s Government Pilots Committee stated in a letter on Thursday to civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri. The letter, which requested Puri to rescind the nationwide service’s resolution to revise wages final week, added no less than one pilot has misplaced a member of the family to Covid-19 and plenty of others have additionally been contaminated.

The Centre this month stated 5,03,990 Indians stranded in 137 international locations have been introduced again to the nation as a part of the repatriation mission because it started in Might following the suspension of normal worldwide flights because of the pandemic .

The letter cited wage cuts and obligatory go away with out pay and added it might have a doubtlessly disastrous psychological impression and result in “determined and excessive acts”.

The Air India’s Board final week permitted go away with out pay scheme for its everlasting workers for six months to 2 years, which is extendable to as much as 5 years. The nationwide service defended its resolution saying it’s in a really difficult monetary state of affairs and taking recourse to a number of initiatives to make sure the continuance of its operations. It has additionally determined to chop salaries of its cockpit and cabin crew with impact from April 1.

“Our Affiliation can be extraordinarily involved in regards to the doubtlessly disastrous psychological impression that the large compelled pay cuts and Obligatory Go away With out Pay scheme could create on some workers. We shudder to think about the sort of determined and excessive acts that could possibly be triggered off due to the prevailing state of affairs– as has been repeatedly confirmed many instances prior to now,” the letter stated, a duplicate of which HT has seen.

The letter additionally cautioned towards litigation from workers. “As executives, we will at all times help all acts and selections which can be financially prudent and serve the corporate’s greatest pursuits. Subsequently, we imagine {that a} rising stack of litigations and monetary liabilities (contingent and present), arising out of pending monetary dues owed to workers might doubtlessly destroy our group’s future well being, and extra so, can be unfairly transferred to any potential purchaser of Air India, in case the approaching strategic disinvestment.”

Air India’s Government Pilots Committee is without doubt one of the pilot’s union of the nationwide service.

The Indian Business Pilot Affiliation on Monday additionally wrote to the nationwide service’s administration, saying adjustments within the wage settlement can be unlawful and such a state of affairs has the “potential to aptitude to unprecedented magnitude.”

Air India chairman and managing director Rajiv Bansal final week stated the nationwide service was engaged on 4 fronts to cut back prices by lowering the debt, reducing on lease leases, trimming staffing prices, and lowering working prices.

The associated fee-cutting drive dovetails with a authorities plan to promote its total stake in Air India amid growing debt and mounting losses. The Centre, in January, began the method by releasing an data doc for traders and providing entry to monetary and different knowledge of Air India and its subsidiaries.

The federal government’s total stake in Air India, its 100% stake in low-cost subsidiary Air India Categorical Ltd, and 50% stake in floor dealing with unit Air India SATS Airport Providers Personal Restricted are on supply.

An try and public sale a majority stake virtually two years in the past failed to attract any bids. The airline’s accrued debt is estimated to be greater than Rs 69,000 crore. It posted a lack of Rs 8,556 crore within the monetary yr 2018-19, as towards a web lack of Rs 5,348 crore within the earlier monetary yr.

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