New Delhi: Rajya Sabha on Thursday expressed concern over the impending strike threat on Air India and urged Government to consider special relief for the national carrier to resolve the salary and arrear payment issues of its employees.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Ram Chandra Khuntia (Cong) said the arrears of Air India employees have not been paid for four years and they have not received salaries also for a long time even as the government has been spending thousands of crores to bail out Air India.
Drawing the attention of the Upper House to the notice given by Air India workers to stop work from April 2, he said the airline faces repeated strikes even as its Chairman has been changed.
Pointing towards Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, who was present, Khuntia said the minister should see into the matter and resolve the problem of pending arrears and salary dues of employees by April 1 so that the strike is prevented.
"If required Government of India should give some special relief to Air India," Khuntia said.
As members from almost all parties supported Khuntia's contentions, Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan observed "it is entire House's sentiment. Government should take notice."