NAC panel to propose lucrative deal for pilots

Kathmandu, November 14:

The executive committee of the Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) met today and decided to recommend to its Board an immediate ‘review’ on the current financial benefits given to the pilots.

“The committee has looked at the issues raised by the Employees’ Coordination Committee very positively and it has decided to forward a recommendation to the Board regarding the need to review the financial benefits provided to the pilots,” Nageshwore Rai, the spokesperson for the Corporation, said.

The Employees’ Coordination Committee has put two-point agenda before the NAC management — to bring both the Boeings into operation at once and to provide incentives to the pilots. The pilots have been demanding that the management give valid reasons as to why the aircraft have not been brought back into operation and why the airlines has not been able to retain its manpower. The NAC Board is scheduled to meet on Sunday to decide on the issue. “The Board is unable to meet before Sunday as the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee members are on an investigative mission abroad,” Rai added.

The 10-member PAC delegation is on a trip to Malaysia and Singapore to investigate the engine overhaul deal struck by the NAC Managing Director, Gautam Das Shrestha, using ‘special authority.’ The MD was not available for comment.