AI promotes staffer out-of-turn promotion for honesty

New Delhi: An Air India (AI) security wing staffer Subhash Chander gets out of turn promotion for regularly displaying exemplary honesty by returning cash and expensive items of passengers.

Subhash who was several time noticed by the AI for displaying honesty and professional integrity by returning cash and expensive items of passengers, including Rs 5 lakh in foreign currency and gold ornaments. AI in return rewarded him by giving out-of-turn promotion.

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This is for the first time the national carrier has done so by promoting Chander who was posted in the security wing of the airline to the rank of officer.

According to Air India statement, the chairman of Air India and Managing Director Aswani Lohani has given him this reward for his “exemplary conduct”.

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Chander, who is a science graduate and has undertaken several courses in aviation security, had on several occasions returned valuables, cash and belongings left by passengers on aircraft, it said adding, “Chander has returned back valuables left by passengers and in all these cases the passengers were not aware of their misplaced articles till returned to them.”

In one such case in June this year, while checking a flight which had arrived from Hong Kong, Chander had found a pouch containing over Rs 5 lakh in foreign currency, which was returned back to the passenger, according to the statement.

On August 25, 2003, gold ornaments left by a Saudi Arabia-bound passenger from Bhopal were returned after being found by Chander, it said. Subhash is serving Air India form last 29 years.

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