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KARACHI: Pakistan Airline Pilots Association (PALPA) has welcomed actions against recruitment in airline on bogus and fake degrees but has demanded to apply the same criteria on other management positions whereby officers were recruited with fake or irrelevant degrees having no experience of commercial aviation.

Spokesperson of the association has said that PALPA demands across the board action and the scrutiny must be done against all those who were recruited using unfair means on key management posts.

The spokesperson said that this would end the nepotism culture and help in the development of the airline. This is a welcome development but show cause notices should also be issued to officers holding administrative posts who do not meet the criteria for their posts. He said that the campaign against pilots for fake degrees and flying licences is actually undertaken to victimise those having disagreement with incumbent management most of which does not have relevant commercial aviation experience.

Furthermore the recent show cause notices were not only vindictive but baseless as well, a pilot was issued a show cause notice for posting comments against the airline management on Facebook. "This unprofessional and victimising attitude shows the mindset of current management which is bent upon creating an environment of fear," he said, adding that this attitude is often referred as a cause behind mental fatigue for operating cockpit crew in the international aviation industry.

He said that these measures should not create an environment which shows that the management is taking unilateral and unjustified steps. The government must play its part in eliminating the cause of the airline's demise and employee frustration. Similarly, such actions should also be taken against such officers who are involved in other financial irregularities and corruption in PIA. "Despite the airline's dilapidated financial condition, some officers are receiving unjustified, illegal increases in form of double salaries and allowances and we demand steps should also be taken against them," he added.-PR

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020

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