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Ajit Singh cracks whip on AICL roster scam

Posted on Dec 15, 02:20PM | IBNS

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh Friday took serious note of the complaints of irregularities, corruption and malpractices in the Cabin Crew Roster Section of Air India Charters Ltd. (AICL) and ordered penal action against the officials involved.

When a complaint in this regard to Civil Aviation Minister was investigated, it was found that rampant discrimination and favoritism by the officials of the Section in the allocation of duties among cabin crew led to very low average utilization of Delhi based cabin crew of AICL during the last six months and very few flights have been allotted to them.

The Minister has ordered immediate termination of the services of a temporary employee, namely Ashwini Aryan, in this regard, who was holding the post of Crew Scheduling Assistant in the Operations Department of AICL in Delhi.

The Minister also ordered penal action against Aryan's supervisors and the officers who appointed him.

The investigation also revealed that Aryan was first appointed for a six month period in June 2011 at Kochi without following necessary procedures. The post against which he was appointed was also not advertised.

The Minister has also cautioned the authorities against indulging in any such malpractices in the future.

After the introduction of the computerized Crew Management System for cabin crew as well as pilots, the subjectivity in terms of putting these staff on duties will be minimized and scope of malpractices eliminated, informed the Minister.