Free passes - Air India, railways, other state public transport
Air India gives free/concessional passes and medical benefits (reimbursements) to its employees. This continues even after they retire. These facilities are given to the husband and wife and parents (even if parents are not dependent on them). And the children, even after they secure good jobs, get married, have children, get the benefits.
I presume the same is with railways, govt employees, politicians, state run public transport companies etc.
As an employee/politician in power, it is fine to be given benefits for self and spouse, children upto a certain age and dependent parents. But to extend this after retirement is definitely a drain on the exchequer. Medical in govt hospitals would be ok. Beyond that, it should be a no no. more
Ram naam ki loot hai ,loot sake to loot.... Everywhere it is same in govt systems.. more
These so called free things have to stop. This is not Government money nor belong to these entities. This is tax payers hard earned money being taken at an obscene rate and redistributed to these free loaders. This is the reason why Air India went bust and taxpayers are left holding the bill. more
Basically this Air india or even railway thing has been overdone in public domain.As a Air india employee let me give some glimpse.The free tickets are subject to load basis and if only seat is vacant u get it so basically these days you have to return many times from airport u cannot use it for any important occasions and over that in any tourist season there is embargo . The tickets going to children dependents was part of same system that tickets are not confirmed u have to pay taxes and there is no other tangible benefit esp after retirement to a airline employee.There is no pension and due nature of job many have kids staying at different places and a airline ticket at least gives the children a possibility to meet there lith nd kin.Medical facilities are bare minimum and much worse than what Private sector and govn employees are getting.. Basically just check a ticket lets say confirnmed to a family in india lets say 8 tickets means maximum 1 lakh and if international may be 3-4 lakhs but than all other expenses are in dollars and employee of air india never earned that much unless he is a pilot .Even engineer gets ok but thats comparable with a class 1 officer minus pension benefit (nearly 1 lakh per month) for a class 1 officer. Basically its more hype though a airline esp AI job is very interesting and good but not much payable to most employees but somehow since it was a stable job people where maintaining a status .This will get lost with privatization and also the type of zeal and devotion to help country man in crisis be it vande bharat or any other mission shouldering along with armed forces all that will require much work.GOI will realise leave aside many profitable routes all others where served by these people and what was required a support a little bit to keep it going. The change may be good but not sure as experts in aviation all are here anyone else will think of how best to sell parts divert divest from made in india to make in india more
As Air India has since been sold to a private company, issuing of free passes will automatically seize in future. However, to comply with the service rules the government may require to reimburse the cost of journey in other airlines/mode. The concept of dependants of active/retired employees enumerated by some of the members is not correct. While there is a stipulated income limit for parents, the children remain eligible up to a stpulated age limit and/or getting employment/married, whichever occurs first. more
Free should be removed for people like politicians mainly because misutilisation will be there.To start with there should be like for electricity maybe upto 1000rs should be free and anything higher should be paid by them .Also similar for water bsnl wifi and other facilities and it should only be till they have are in power other wise no more