Former KFA employees write to PM, seek support

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Vijay Mallya. (PTI)

File photo of Vijay Mallya. (PTI)

Employees the defunct Kingfisher Airlines wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in safeguarding the interest of the employees.

“On behalf of all the employees of erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines we request you for your immediate intervention in the matter helping us recover our hard earned dues,” the letter said.

In a ‘humanitarian’ appeal, employees said they have not been paid salaries and statutory dues like the Provident Fund and Gratuity.

Employees said in the letter that they are hounded by Income Tax notices although the tax default is from the side of the Airlines.

”Our present laws which were supposed to protect the employee’s interest have become redundant and are failing to solve the purpose that they were meant to serve.” employees said in the letter.

“Some of our colleagues who could afford legal fees went to courts, others are still fighting for their dues in the winding up petitions in the Hon’ble Karnataka High Court,” the letter said.

Asserting that there were about 7000 direct as well as indirect employees who were affected by the closure of Kingfisher Airlines, the employees in the letter said that the majority of them cannot even afford to fight it out in the courts.

They requested the government to pay dues of the employees ‘Ex Gratia’ and recover from the company and the management of KFA.

“Sir the govt has enough avenues to recover the dues and can afford the unfortunate delay that it would take now. But the employees cannot bear any further delays. The whole world seems to have forgotten about us and misplaced its priorities in larger scheme of thoughts when it comes to banks and others,” the letter said.

On the political front Congress party’s senior leader Ahmad Patel said that government paid no attention on Mallya.

“NDA Govt should have paid attention, they should have made sure Vijay Mallya doesn’t leave the country,” said Ahmed Patel.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also joined the Congress and left and criticised government.

“Since CBI directly reports to PM, PM owes an answer why Mallya was allowed to leave India. CBI cudnot have allowed without approval from top,” Kejriwal tweeted.

Earlier, the CBI admitted that the first lookout notice for Mallya’s detention at the country’s exit points was issued in error.

“The detention order issued against Vijay Mallya by CBI was an error by a lower level officer,” the CBI said.

Former Prime Minister Deve Gowda came in support of Mallya and he said “he’s a son of Karnataka soil, he is not running away from the country.”