“Stipulation for Govt Officers to fly Air India only violates GFR! It should be cheapest available like L1 for any tender process!” suggests 1995 batch IAS officer Abhishek Singh in Twitter. And why not? FM should be happy that it would rather save some money for the government!
It was however a personal view of Singh who was a mechanical engineer from IIT-Kanpur before joining IAS, and is currently working as a director in communications and IT ministry.
In fact, this Nagaland cadre IAS who also worked in UP on deputation was perturbed by cancellation hazards. A few days before he came out with the suggestion of allowing babus to fly by the cheapest available airline rather than Air India, he had tweeted: “Phew!! On line with #AirIndia call center for 30 minutes to cancel a ticket!! And I can’t do it online!! Thanks to Balmer Lawrie!!”. The recent pilot strike has caused the Airline a loss of about Rs 150 crore.
Singh’s outbursts are actually the voice of thousands of bureaucrats who suffer every time there is a strike in Air India. But unlike other passengers who express their anger in front of TV cameras, the babus end up sharing their sufferings only to family and friends.
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