Kathmandu, February 14
Less than a month after 25 pilots of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) had resigned en masse citing discrimination in remuneration and benefits, the corporation has announced vacancy for pilots and co-pilots.
The vacancy announcement today has called for applications for 20 senior captains, 14 junior captains and 13 senior co-pilots.
Talking to The Himalayan Times, Archana Khadka, spokesperson for NAC, however claimed that the vacancy announcement for new pilots was a regular process. “This vacancy announcement has nothing to do with the resignation of our pilots,” she said.
“We are also looking to hire other staffers, hence, this is an annual vacancy announcement of the corporation.”
Altogether 25 senior permanent NAC pilots had tendered their resignation on January 17.
They had mentioned that the remuneration offered by NAC to its pilots is very less compared to any private domestic or international airline in Nepal. “Despite this fact, and without any notice, NAC management is deducting a certain amount from our monthly salary besides applicable taxes in the name of ‘staff advances’,” they had stated in their letter.
A high-level source at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, seeking anonymity due to sensitivity of the matter, informed that the pilots also wanted to put pressure on the then executive chairperson of NAC Madan Kharel to step down. “The group of pilots that resigned was actually not happy with Kharel being appointed to the top post,” claimed the source, adding that politicisation within the corporation was the prime reason for its
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