The employees’ union is opposed to the idea for fear of retrenchment.
The Airports Authority of India’s plan to privatise four airports – Chennai, Kolkata, Jaipur and Ahemdabad – has hit a road block due to issues related to human resources. The PSU has extended the deadline for ‘Request for Qualification’ (RFQ) by two months. The applications were to be submitted by 24 March, the date for which has been extended to 26 May.
R K Srivastava, chairman, Airports Authority of India, admitted at a press gathering that there are several issues that need to be addressed before proceeding further with the plan.
He asserted that all concerns of the employees will be looked at and addressed properly.
The employees’ union at AAI is opposing privatisation of government-run airports fearing retrenchment of employees.
It is learnt that AAI will now incorporate a 100 per cent manpower absorption clause for the bidders to pacify the union on the issue. In case of the Delhi and Mumbai airports, the figure was 60 per cent. Many employees at these locations were transferred to remote locations and smaller airports, which was a troublesome affair for them.
The Authority has already spent around Rs 5,900 crore in building new terminals and other aeronautical infrastructure at the four airports—Rs 2,700 crore for the Kolkata airport; Rs 2,400 crore for the Chennai airport; Rs 600 crore for the Ahmedabad airport and Rs 200 crore for the Jaipur airport. AAI is now open to the operation, management and development of these airports through Public–Private Partnership.