For the first time in its history, the national carrier Air India awarded an employee an out-of-turn promotion for “honesty”.
Subhash Chander, who works with AI’s security wing, had on several occasions returned valuables, cash and belongings left by passengers on aircraft, the airline said.
On June 13, while checking a flight which had arrived from Hong Kong, Chander had found a pouch containing over Rs 5 lakh in foreign currency, which was returned back to the passenger. On August 25, 2003, gold ornaments left by a Saudi Arabia-bound passenger from Bhopal were returned after being found by Chander.
“There are many such cases where Chander has returned back valuables left by passengers and in all these cases the passengers were not aware of their misplaced articles till returned to them,” said AI official.
Given his good track record, AI chairman and managing director, Ashwani Lohani, decided to promote Chander.
“On August 15, during the pipping ceremony, AI’s executive director, security, Alok Singh conferred upon Chander stripes of the rank of officer, security. This is the first time in the history of Air India wherein an employee was given out of turn promotion on ‘Honesty’,” AI said.