No interaction with the media: Air India orders employees

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Air India Crisis Order to employees: No interaction with the media
Air India Crisis Order to employees: No interaction with the media

New Delhi : Cash-starved Air India has issued a fresh order to its employees of avoiding any kind of interaction with the media or an 'appropriate action' will be taken against them. The only interaction can be done after taking a written authorisation from the airlines' officials.

"It has been observed that there are instances where employees have interacted with media or posted videos in uniform in Air India aircraft, aired views on electronic and social media portraying the company in bad light despite the fact that time and again instructions have been issued advising employees to refrain from doing so," a letter signed by the Airline’s Director Personnel Amrita Sharan read.

"This is to reiterate that no employee(s) in an individual capacity or on behalf of a group or union or association of employees shall issue statements in print, electronic or social media or post videos on any matter related to the company without prior authorisation in writing by the CMD.

Any violation of the above will be viewed very seriously and appropriate action as per applicable service regulations/ instructions would be taken against those found violating the same," the letter added.

A couple of days back, the airlines had asked its 676 staffers to vacate the posh flats in Vasant Vihar Housing colony and shift to the alternative accommodation.

The airline currently has a total debt of about Rs 55,000 crore which includes long-term loan taken for aircraft acquisition and working capital loans. The sales of various Air India properties is part of the government`s plan to cut the heavy debt of the airline. Accordingly, it has invited bids for plots, flats and building across various cities.