New Delhi: Indicating that the Air India disinvestment plan is very much on even in the middle of the general elections, the government wants almost 700 airline employees in the posh Vasant Vihar colony in south Delhi to look for alternate accommodation. There are a total 810 flats in the Vasant Vihar housing colony for Air India employees out of which 676 flats are currently occupied. Cash-starved Air India has, however, proposed to ease the burden of its employees who have to vacate the company’s residential complex which is going under the hammer. Taking a compassionate view of the forced shifting, the national carrier has proposed to help employees in finding suitable accommodation on rent, subsidise the rent lease amount in the range of Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000, bear the brokerage charge and pay tariff for transporting household goods.
Air India is of the view that finding accommodation would be difficult for its employees, given that many have no accommodation in Delhi or are on transfer from other stations. Further, children of many employees are in nearby schools making shift an uphill task. “It has been proposed that a committee would be formed to carry out market survey and find suitable accommodation. It has been decided that in case, the company enters into leasing agreement with landlord on behalf of employees, no house rent allowance and license fee would be paid by it,” said an official source. (IANS)
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