You all might remember the whole episode of Shiv Sena Ravindra Gaikwad slapping and hitting an Air India official just because he wasn’t offered a business class ticket. The shocking incident turned worse when the Shiv Sena MP refused to apologise. Air India was quick to take a decision to put Gaikwad on a ‘No-Fly list’. And the man behind the decision to stand up for his employee was Air India Chief Ashwani Lohani.
Incorruptible and strict, these are the two words that describe him the best. He not only imposed the ban but also has set an example for others that employees come first. Soon after this, Federation of Indian Airlines, which include SpiceJet, Indgio, Go Air and Jet Airways, also imposed a ban on Gaikwad.
Know the man, who had the guts to stand up against the VIP culture.
Banning a politician from flying is something that does not happen in India, especially if he belongs to a well-known party like Shiv Sena. It is expected that the authority will somehow give in to the pressure from the political party, but this is NOT something that happened this time. Ashwani Lohani featured in Limca Book of Records for having four engineering degrees, which he completed in four years. The degrees are in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering.
Impressive, right? Not only this, he holds a Guinness World Record for successfully running the Fairy Queen Express, which is the world’s oldest locomotive engine. And soon, he was appointed as the chief of the ailing national carrier Air India.
Being the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India, he is entitled to several perks, but he has NOT used any of them. Do you know he always pays for his and his family’s airline tickets despite being the Air India Chief? Yes, it’s true.
But, every Air India executive gets a corporate credit and free flights, but Lohani hasn’t used both of them even once. Shocking, isn’t it?
According to a report in Outlook, one of the colleagues of Air India chief said –
‘Strictly speaking, the AI CMD, on deputation from another department, is not entitled to freebies usually extended to the chief but all others before him have been availing them. Lohani has not done it even once. He doesn’t even allow us to upgrade tickets of his family.’
Now, this is something we don’t hear every day.
Another thing is that this is not the first such incident. Back in 2015, he had directed AI to lodge a complaint against Congress MP Mithun Reddy, who had slapped a station manager at the Tripura airport. The MP and his family couldn’t board the flight as the boarding gates were closed, therefore, he got angry and slapped the station manager. The police had arrested the MP then.
We, at Verite News, thank you for standing up against such things.