Seven thousand direct as well as indirect employees were affected by the closure of Kingfisher Airlines
Erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) employees have appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and help recover their “hard-earned dues”.
In a letter to the PM, the employees said they had lost all hopes “as no one has ever spared a thought for us and the legal system has failed us miserably”.
“Can the government pay the dues of the employees ex-gratia and recover from the company and the management of KFA along with the dues of the banks. There have been instances in the past where the government has paid the employees be it in the times of sugar cane mills or cotton industries to name a few,” the employees said in the letter.
“The government 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. We hope for the sake of all honest, law abiding citizens like us, your government intervenes to secure our rightful and legitimate dues at the earliest as ‘Justice delayed would be justice denied’.”
“We would like to mention here that there were about 7000 direct as well as indirect employees who were affected by the closure of Kingfisher Airlines and majority of us cannot even afford to fight it out in the courts. Our attempt to appeal on humanitarian grounds was even opposed by the councils of various parties including the banks.”
Amongst all the facts resonating out of the Kingfisher Airlines episode we seem to have completely forgotten the humanitarian plight of its employees who have not been paid dues including Salaries, Statutory dues like Provident Fund and Gratuity and are also being hounded by Income Tax Notices although the tax default here is from the side of Kingfisher Airlines, they said.
“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,” the letter said.