A letter written by the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) to its members stating that the new Air India (AI) chairman and managing director (CMD), Rohit Nandan, “seemed” to have an “impeccable track record” has set tongues wagging in the deeply fractious airline.
ICPA is an association of about 700 pilots belonging to the erstwhile Indian Airlines. The remarks about Nandan, despite the pro-active steps taken by him to restore employee confidence, have upset not just many in the management but even ICPA pilots who have questioned the association’s “arrogance”.
“I don’t understand the meaning of “seems to have an impeccable record”. Are we meaning to be judgemental and doubt the credentials of the new CMD? Are we trying to be a watchdog for the new CMD?” a pilot responded in a mail to the ICPA.
“Nandan is one of the most-respected senior bureaucrats in the country and the ICPA should be happy that he agreed to take up this job. They are starting on a wrong note,” a senior aviation ministry official said. “Employee morale and financial health are my immediate priorities, which I will seek to improve,” Nandan had told HT when he took charge.
ICPA president, A Bhinder, denied there was any “double meaning” in the letter and the association will cooperate with the new CMD.