PIA suf­fered Rs 4.31 bil­lion losses dur­ing strike: NA told

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Min­is­ter for Cli­mate Change Zahid Hamid on Wed­nes­day told the Na­tional As­sem­bly that Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Air­lines (PIA) had suf­fered losses of Rs 4.31 bil­lion dur­ing the 15-day strike.

Re­spond­ing to a mo­tion sub­mit­ted by the Op­po­si­tion re­gard­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion on the Pak­istan Es­sen­tial Ser­vices (Main­te­nance) Act, 1952 in the na­tional flag ca­reer, he said the PIA had been con­verted into a Pub­lic Lim­ited Com­pany and it would main­tain its re­spon­si­bil­ity of the na­tional flag ca­reer.

The Min­is­ter said ac­cord­ing to statu­tory guar­an­tee, no em­ployee of the PIA would be laid off and the em­ploy­ees would con­tinue their ser­vice with the same enu­mer­a­tions and priv­i­leges.

He said the Prime Min­is­ter, Fi­nance Min­is­ter and Chair­man Pri­va­ti­za­tion Com­mis­sion had given as­sur­ances that un­der the law, there was no pri­va­ti­za­tion of PIA and it was just con­verted into a pub­lic lim­ited com­pany, but de­spite all th­ese as­sur­ances strike was started which was il­le­gal. He said the aims and ob­jec­tives of con­vert­ing PIA into a pub­lic lim­ited com­pany were to mod­ern­ize the air­lines, upgrade its op­er­a­tional and fi­nan­cial per­for­mance, adding that ben­e­fits of the com­pany were a lot as there would be ac­count­abil­ity.

He dis­pelled the op­po­si­tion's im­pres­sion that the PIA bill was bull­dozed by the govern­ment in Na­tional As­sem­bly, adding that de­tails dis­cus­sions were held on it in var­i­ous meet­ings of the Se­nate and Na­tional As­sem­bly Stand­ing Com­mit­tees where the Op­po­si­tion mem­bers also gave their point of views and also wrote their dis­sent­ing note in the bill.

Zahid Hamid said that 3656 ap­point­ments were made in the PIA dur­ing 2008 to 2012 while con­trary to it the present govern­ment just ap­pointed 693 peo­ple in the na­tional flag ca­reer. Strike of the Joint Ac­tion Com­mit­tee, he said was il­le­gal un­der Sec­tion 43 of In­dus­trial Regulation Or­di­nance.

He said that since 1992 the Pak­istan Es­sen­tial Ser­vices (Main­te­nance) Act 1952 had been evoked in PIA for 12 times. The Min­is­ter ex­pressed grief and sor­row over the death of two se­nior em­ploy­ees of PIA dur­ing the strike and said that the Prime Min­is­ter had an­nounced Rs 2.5 mil­lion com­pen­sa­tion for each fam­ily of the de­ceased while Rs .5 mil­lion was an­nounced for the in­jured. He said the per­pe­tra­tors of the in­ci­dent would be brought to jus­tice.

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