No plan to re­trench any em­ployee of PIA: Dar

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

IS­LAM­ABAD: The govern­ment has no plan to sack even a sin­gle em­ployee of Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Air­lines (PIA) but will con­tinue to look for strate­gic part­ner for the na­tional flag car­rier, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar told Khaleej Times. "Al­though there are many in-stances in the world, yet it's al­ways very dif­fi­cult and painful to send peo­ple home or make them re­dun­dant," Dar ex­plained. "Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif has no such pref­er­ence in his mind to sack PIA em­ploy­ees," the min­is­ter replied to this scribe when asked if the govern­ment is con­sid­er­ing to in­tro­duce any golden hand­shake scheme in the govern­ment-owned air­line. "We are try­ing to bring strate­gic part­ner in due course for a trans­par­ent process," the min­is­ter said, adding that the govern­ment wants to ex­pand PIA busi­ness so that peo­ple are ab­sorbed in the busi­ness. The min­is­ter em­pha­sised that the govern­ment wants to bring im­prove­ment in PIA through re­forms and strate­gic part­ners. He said, "Whether it's strate­gic part­ner or not we have to move for­ward and im­prove PIA's po­si­tion. Its fi­nan­cial losses have to come down, ef­fi­ciency and ser­vice de­liv­ery have to be bet­ter. Bil­lions of ru­pees losses have to be con­tained and we are work­ing to­wards that end.

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