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No hire and fire, India is not America: Congress

india Updated: Oct 16, 2008 23:42 IST

With the sacking of nearly 1900 of its staff by Jet Airways turning into a political sensitive issue ahead of elections, a worried Congress on Thursday disapproved of the hire-and-fire policy and bluntly told the industry that "India is not America".

"Hire and fire is not a proper labour policy...Hiring them recklessly and then firing them recklessly is not proper. We do not approve this," Congress media department chief M Veerappa Moily told reporters here.

Moily said leave alone the sacking of the employees of the airline, this was not good for any industry of the country.

"The career of youngsters is at stake...There should be a proper corporate thinking before hiring them and drawing up the expansion plan of the airline," Moily said.

Asked whether Congress favoured liberal labour laws as demanded by the industry, Moily said "India is not America...We have to have proper safeguards for labour. There (America's) economy has been hit badly but we have been protected due to the same safeguards," the Congress leader said.