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Air India scraps selected panel of cabin crew

Air India Monday scrapped a panel of applicants for post of cabin crew for recruitment in erstwhile Indian Airlines in 2008-09, in the wake of alleged irregularities in the selection process.



New Delhi: Air India Monday scrapped a panel
of applicants for post of cabin crew for recruitment in
erstwhile Indian Airlines in 2008-09, in the wake of alleged
irregularities in the selection process.

"We have declared the panel of around 500 cabin crew for
four regions, selected for Indian Airlines during the
recruitment process in December 2008 and January 2009, as null
and void as we have received complaints about various
irregularities," a senior Air India official said.

Selection process for recruitment of cabin crew began in
December 2008 and ended in January 2009.

During the process, it was alleged that some of the
union leaders, in connivance with airline officials, promised
the aspirants jobs in the national carrier after monetary
considerations.

"In May 2009, when Arvind Jadhav took over the charge of
Air India`s new Chairman-cum-Managing Director, he kept the
panel in abeyance after receiving complaints about alleged
irregularities," the official said.

But the airline management today declared the panel as
null and void, "as the process may not be faulty but
subsequent to selection process something went wrong and the
message had been sent to all regions where selection process
were held," he said. The official also pointed out that any
panel that has been selected for over one year becomes
infructuous.

Unlike erstwhile Air India, which recruits cabin crew
members through an agency, erstwhile Indian Airlines recruited
them after vigorous selection process which included first
round of selection through a private agency followed by
written test and interviews.

A group of eight Air India employees’ union, under the
banner "Common Action Group To Save Air India", had written
to Director Vigilance in the Ministry of Civil Aviation about
the alleged irregularities in recruitment of cabin crew and
expat pilots.

PTI

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