Aviation Minister says lethargic, incapable staffs of Biman should quit

- A Monitor Report 08 May, 2018 | 2804 Views|-+
Voicing disappointment over poor luggage handling at the country’s premier airport, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal on May 8, suggested cutting jobs of aged and incapable employees of the national flag career to gear up its services.

“There’re many aged employees (in Biman) who are not capable to deliver. You say bye to them with handsome compensation. You employ young and energetic manpower in their places,” he said drawing attention of General Manager at Biman Bangladesh Airlines Shakil Meraj.

The minister came up with the suggestion at a pre-budget discussion at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) hosted by Aviation and Tourism Journalists Forum of Bangladesh (ATJFB).

Minister Kamal said he is not even satisfied over the current performance of Biman in terms of handing luggage. “If other countries can deliver service quickly, why can’t we?”

He said Biman, the national carrier, is a pride of Bangladesh and it represents Bangladesh at home and abroad and urged all to work for upholding the image of the national carrier.

Parliamentary standing committee chairman on the ministry and former minister Faruk Khan, MP attended the function as a special guest.

The minister accepted the demands of stakeholders and assured them of placing those proposals before the Finance Minister AMA Muhith.

Faruk Khan said he is fully agreed with the proposal came from the stakeholders of Civil Aviation and Tourism sector and assured of taking into consideration of those proposals in consultation with the Finance Ministry.

Shakil Meraj said Biman has made profit worth Tk 606 crore over the last three years and sought government support to increase its capital base.

Acting chief executive officer of Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) Nikhil Ranjan Roy, Novoair Managing Director Mofizur Rahman, US-Bangla Airlines CEO Asif Imran, adviser of Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) Masud Hossain, Deputy Secretary General of Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (ATAB) Nurul Alam Shaheen and BTB Director Zamiul Ahmed and TOAB adviser Faridul Haque, among others, spoke at the discussion.

ATJFB President Nadira Kiron conducted the discussion while its general secretary Tanzim Anwar delivered welcome speech.

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