IAAI polls this Oc­to­ber

Af­ter the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Ma­ha­rash­tra Chap­ter elec­tions, IAAI is now get­ting ready for its na­tional elec­tions com­bined with its con­ven­tion in Oc­to­ber.

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The new team that took over the Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee for IATA Agents As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (IAAI) Ma­ha­rash­tra Chap­ter re­cently was more or less un­changed. Chetan Mo­maya con­tin­ues as the Pres­i­dent of the Ma­ha­rash­tra Chap­ter, while Pune-based Deven­dra Ghule and Aruna Shetty will take over as Vice Pres­i­dents.

Speak­ing about the im­me­di­ate plan for the team, Mo­maya said, “We have been talk­ing to the Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion o Greater Mum­bai (MCGM) and have al­ready shared our sug­ges­tions to tackle some of the is­sues that we travel agents are hav­ing with them. Tour op­er­a­tors can now func­tion 24x7 pro­vided ev­ery em­ployee in the agency puts in not more than 48 hours per week.”

Since the Chap­ter elec­tions were com­bined with the AGM, Biji Eapen, Na­tional Pres­i­dent of IAAI, was also present. He said, “Our elec­tions are very dif­fer­ent. It is open to the me­dia and the new team takes an oath.”

He also re­vealed that the na­tional body elec­tions will be held along with its an­nual con­ven­tion in Oc­to­ber pos­si­bly in Chennai af­ter all the state/chap­ter elec­tions are over. “The new teams will be com­ing for the na­tional elec­tions. We are look­ing at Tamil Nadu this time and not Delhi or Mum­bai be­cause two of our main lead­ers who passed away re­cently are from this state and we want to pay homage to them. We are cur­rently look­ing at the fea­si­bil­ity of con­duct­ing our elec- tions and con­ven­tion there,” Eapen said.

Up­dat­ing the mem­bers about the as­so­ci­a­tion’s case filed for com­mis­sion, he said, “Our strug­gle with the com­mis­sions started in 2008 and now we are very close to reach­ing a ver­dict by the Ker­ala High Court. The fi­nal hear­ing will be by Au­gust end with the com­mis­sion man­dated to us again.” He also voiced the travel trade fra­ter­nity’s mu­tual worry re­gard­ing weekly pay­ments. “More than 32 coun­tries out of 162 en­joy a credit pe­riod of 30 days. Even Greece gets 15 days! Then why In­dia on weekly ba­sis?” he ques­tioned.

Chetan Mo­maya

Pres­i­dent Ma­ha­rash­tra Chap­ter, IAAI

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