Building Bridges?the theme of the recently concluded 17th SAARC summit in the Maldivesis an evocative one There is no denying its relevanceboth for enhanced physical connectivity as well as for the prospects for improved political dialogue in the South Asian region But the infrastructure metaphor is perhaps most apt for Chinaand in more ways than one In the coming monthsthe regional organisationwith eight members and nine observersis set to seriously undertake a comprehensive review of all matters relating to its engagement with observers As China seeks to upgrade its engagement with South Asiawhat will be worth watching is if it can play a role in bridging differences in the region This will depend on how Chinas public diplomacy tackles three critical challenges The primary challenge will be to see the kind of normative choices it is likely to make in the region As a rising powerthe ideasnorms and values it will come to represent will be key to Chinas self-image For some time nowChina has been advocating the new security concept, But there is always context and sub-text.

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both their managements were staffed from within the airlines by managers who understood operating nuances It is only over the last 15 years or so that they have had a CMD or at least an MD from the ubiquitous IAS; and since 1998when the then NDA civil aviation minister had the common board of the airlines sacked overnightthe boards have had only 5-6 peoplemostly ministry bureaucrats Little guesswork is needed as to where to assign responsibility for the rot Instead of setting up an international advisory boardPraful Patel should get a few eminent management professionals to probe the failure of the merger exercise (of which he was an ardent advocate)and where and how the expensive projectionsdone by external management consultantswent so disastrously wrong But the fact is that Air India has to be totally overhauled in terms of its organisational structureits rules and regulations as well as financially Voluntary retirement or optional leave without pay is unlikely to make a great difference to the coffers; the proposal has been mooted beforeand few people took it up Nor will steps like disallowing senior executives from travelling in executive class help; given the airlines present pitiable serviceit has generally been shunned by regular business-class passengers on both domestic and international flights NoAir Indias revival will undoubtedly call for some very harshunpalatablebut unavoidable measures Firstcompulsorilynot voluntarilyretire all employees above the age of 55 years with suitable noticeas a one-time exercise to reduce overall flab Thirty-four thousand employees are far too many for an airline with Air Indias fleet strength; this step will automatically improve the overall employee productivity of Air India vis-à-vis other international airlines Terminate the services of employees who have been retained on contract beyond 58possibly at political behest Secondsignificantly reduce the number of senior posts There are nearly 40 Executive Directors and over 100 General Managers in the merged Air India; can this be even remotely justified Thirdincrease the productivity of all employees including engineers and pilots by enhancing productivity parameters to international benchmarks Fourthclose down the multiple booking offices of Air India and Indian Airlines that continue to exist in big cities Also move out functional executives (excluding sales and marketing) and their support staff from the city offices to the airports Let out space in Airlines House at Delhi and Kolkataas also the Air India building in Mumbaiall of which are prime rental property Fifthensure that independent directors are able and qualified professionals and not film stars and politiciansas in the past Sixthrework capacity requirements afresh and either defer new aircraft deliveries or cancel orders to stagger the financial burden Alsoreview aircraft on lease There is no justification for the heavy monthly lease rentals being paid on 18-20-year-old aircraftwhich were sold and leased back by the airlines in 2007 to raise short-term fundsnor for the fairly large number of expatriate pilots hired on contract Lets also amend labour laws to prevent pilots earning over Rs 4 lakh a month and engineers earning over Rs 2 lakh a month being categorised as workmen. The report comes at a time when Pune is in the throes of civic elections. So,President Zail Singh should have sworn in the senior-most cabinet minister as the PM (this is what Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan did when Nehru,weeks and days taken the high road as far as ? “Even I was made to wait for more than eight hours at the doors of Congress leaders entrusted with power of finalising the tickets for the MCD polls, Nadiadwala, download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: New York Times | Published: July 28,” None of us did.

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