The Shiv Sena on Thursday conducted a daylong agitation to protest Air India’s move to schedule a centralised walk-in-interview in New Delhi for the recruitment of cabin crew staff.
This agitation, which took off outside the Air India building in the morning, culminated with a Sena delegation meeting the Union civil aviation minister Vaylar Ravi who was in Mumbai on Thursday.
Anil Desai, Sena general secretary along with few other Member of the Parliament (MPs), Gajanan Kirtikar heading the Sena Sthaniya Lokadhikar Samiti and members of the Bharatiya Kamgar Sena (BKS) met Ravi.
According to Sena sources, Air India was conducting the walk-in-interviews at New Delhi instead of the usual venue at Mumbai, thus keeping the “sons of the soil” (from Maharashtra) from getting these positions.
“The issue we raised was that Marathi candidates would not be able to go to Delhi for walk-in-interviews and that this was a conspiracy hatched by north Indians deliberately, [Vaylar] Ravi said that he was not aware of this shift and that he has not been consulted in the process,” said Desai.
MP Bharatkumar Raut who was a part of the delegation said that the Sena put a demand to Ravi that there should be region-wise recruitments rather than a centralised recruitment process.
“He [Vaylar Ravi] has agreed to our demand and has promised that an order will be issued on the same,” Raut said.
This agitation has also helped Sena score a brownie point against the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) considering that their union strongman and former sainik, Kiran Pawaskar left the Sena for the NCP last month.
Pawaskar is said to have a stronghold over unions in the aviation sector and he had claimed that the BKS would become limp without him.