New Delhi: With the rigid stand of pilots, management and the government, Air India strike enters into its 7th day. Pilots on strike have requested a private meeting with Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh to discuss the issues. They don’t want any Air India representative to be present in the meeting. Pilots on Monday made unsuccessful attempts to meet the Civil Aviation Minister and left some documents for the Minister at his residence in his absence.

These papers are expected to carry proofs of unfulfilled promises made by the Air India management. Meanwhile, 14 international flights got cancelled on Monday which caused inconvenience to passengers who left stranded at Delhi and Mumbai airports. 

Pilots are adamant on their demands. They have rejected the proposal of Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh to resume their work first as a precondition for talks with the minister. Talking on the adamant posture of the striking pilots, Ajit Singh has said that many of the demand have already been fulfilled and as far as the rest of the demands are concerned, it is impossible for the government to fulfill them.

The strike of the pilots has no relevance.  Court has already termed the strike as illegal. Hence there is no point in continuing the strike. They should call off their strike first and then the demands will be taken for consideration by the government, said the minister.

In the meantime, few officers of Indian Pilot Guild (IPG) have met with the senior officials of the Civil Aviation Ministry and handed over some documents. The documents are aimed to prove that the management has not met its promises regarding the promotions of the pilots. These officers then visited the residence of Ajit Singh in his absence and left the documents there.

(JPN/Bureau)

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