The government on Friday announced the setting up of a panel to implement the Dharmadhikari Committee Report on issues relating integration of erstwhile Air India and Indian Airlines employees including pay, allowances and career progression structure.
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh made it clear that the demands of striking Air India pilots will be looked into after they give up their 26-day “illegal” agitation unconditionally.
The implementation committee, called the Implementation-cum-Anomaly Committee, would seek the views of all sections of employees and complete its task within the next 45 days on how to implement the Dharmadhikari Report. The committee will also do a ‘level mapping’ of employees of Air India and erstwhile Indian Airlines.
Singh said performance-linked incentives will be abolished and there will be a unified cadre and uniform policy with regard to working of all cadres.
“The salaries of the present employees will be protected. As far as allowances are concerned, as far as the senior staff is concerned, management staff is concerned, that will be allowed according to the DPE guidelines. And other allowances of non-management staff will be according to the industry norms,” the Minister said.
The Dharamadhikari Report came almost five years after the merger of two state-run airlines and focused on integration of thousands of employees after the merger of two State-owned carriers — Air India and Indian Airlines. The report took into account the views of the pilots, cabin crew and engineers on integration of about 29,000 employees. The employees have been agitating over disparities in their pay scales, promotional avenues and areas of responsibilities.
Besides Justice Dharmadhikari, the Committee had Prof Ravindra HDholakia of IIM Ahmedabad, Rajeshwar Dayal, expert on public sector employees' service matters and senior Civil Aviation Ministry official SyedNasir Ali, as its members.