Air India pilots and engineers are heading for a showdown with the government. They are mulling over to legally challenge the decision to discontinue the productivity linked incentives (PLI) payment system. On Thursday, the Ministry of Civil Aviation notified that the provision of PLI would be done away with from July, in accordance with the recommendations of the Justice Dharmadhikari Committee report.
According to the report, while a part of the PLI will be merged with the salary, certain components will be given as profit or productivity related pay (PRP) only after the airline turns profitable. With this, it is feared that while pilots and engineers will lose up to 70 per cent and 40 per cent of their monthly income, respectively, the other grade employees will bear some impact.