New Delhi: Employees of the cash-strapped Jet Airways on Saturday took the last leaf out of a booklet and approached President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley to help them in time of distress.

As many as 23,000 employees of the airline have been rendered doing their jobs without salaries with no solution in sight- since Jet Airways’ financial woes hit the bottom in January 2019.

In a letter addressed to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the employees sought their immediate intervention in recovering their longstanding salary dues and expediting the process of pumping funds back into the airline.

In separate but similarly-worded letters this week, the Society for Welfare of Indian Pilots (SWIP) and Jet Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Welfare Association (JAMEWA) have requested help in clearing their outstanding salary dues.

“We request you to consider the situation with the urgency it deserves and direct the management of Jet Airways (India) Ltd to expeditiously disburse all outstanding dues to affected employees.

“We also urge you to expedite the process of emergency funding, as every minute and every decision is very critical in these testing times,” one of the letters said.

After months of uncertainty, Jet Airways announced a temporary suspension of its operations on April 17 as it failed to receive emergency funds from lenders.

Meanwhile, a delegation from the Jet Airways employees met Union finance minister Arun Jaitley and apprised him to the hard-hitting facts. The delegation is believed to have requested that at least one month’s salary be paid to all.

The request was moved by Jet representatives, including airline CEP Vinay Dube and CFO Amit Agarwal.

Jaitley, reportedly, assured the delegation that the government is keen to help revive the airline, but if Rs 170 crore should be granted to disburse salaries is a decision that the banks will make.

 

With inputs from agencies