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Jet Airways employees seek intervention from PM Modi

Around 16,000 permanent Jet Airways employees have been affected directly and 22,000 have been impacted indirectly as the airline suspended its operations

New Delhi: A day after ailing airline Jet Airways suspended all operations, the employees union wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, asking them to intervene and resolve the crisis. The employees also demanded an inquiry be initiated to ascertain the cause of the downfall. Around 16,000 permanent Jet employees have been affected directly and 22,000 have been impacted indirectly as the airline suspended its operations and cancelled all its flights.

‘Govt needs to consider repercussions of Jet crisis’

In an interview to CNBC TV18, Jet Airways’ staff said that the government needs to think about the repercussions of a crisis at the airline. The Jet Airways employees union said that the management has assured that a final word on the possibility of a revival of the airline will be conveyed to the employees in a week’s time. The employees also added that in the meanwhile, the employees will continue to claim their pending salaries. They also asked why the airline did not clear their salaries before going bust.

A revival plan that is ‘credible’

As Jet Airways entered a comatose phase, Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) called for a ‘concrete and credible’ revival plan and promised to extend help within the regulatory framework. A senior official at DGCA said that the regulator would take action in accordance with the due procedure under relevant regulations. The statement came after the Ministry of Civil Aviation voiced the same sentiment on Wednesday when it said that it would support a resolution process for the airline within the existing regulatory framework.