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Seeking peak summer travel demand Air India adds more flights to Dubai

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New Delhi: Seeking to fill the void created by Jet Airways’ suspension of operations and peak summer travel demand, state-run Air India has added capacity on the busy Delhi-Dubai, Mumbai-Dubai and Delhi-Mumbai sectors.

 

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India-Dubai is considered one of the most lucrative sectors as demand is always very high on the route due to high business as well as leisure travel. About half a dozen local and domestic carriers connect 20 Indian cities with the city-state.

The new flights would be launched in the first week of June using B787 airplanes. Bookings of all the new flights have started.

 

Air India to add more flights to Dubai from early June keeping summer demand:

 

“The flights to Dubai would be started utilizing the additional overseas flying rights by the government recently,” said an official.

 

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Preferring Air India over the private carriers, the civil aviation ministry earlier this week decided to allot about 5,700 weekly seats to the airline out of grounded Jet Airways’ unused quota on the lucrative India-Dubai route. The public sector airline was also promised over 5,000 seats on India-Qatar route besides about 4,600 additional seats to and from London.

Air India currently has 13.1 per cent market share in the domestic market. It carried 15.19 lakh passengers in the month of March this year.

 

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Govt proposes liberal hire-and-fire rules for firms with under 300 workers

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In a significant move, companies hiring up to 300 workers will no longer will required to frame standing orders for their employees, according to a new labour law proposed by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. A standing order is a legally binding collective employment contract and holds significance as it contains key work-related terms and conditions and is meant to prevent arbitrary dismissal of employees.

Amid opposition, the government on Saturday introduced three crucial labour legislation’s including the Code on Industrial Relations, the Social Security Code and the Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Condition in the Lok Sabha, paving way for labour reforms in the country.

“We have included 174 out of 233 or 74% of the recommendations of the standing committee on labour across three codes being introduced again as they have undergone substantial changes,” labour and employment minister Santosh Gangwar said in Lok Sabha while introducing the bills.

According to minister Gangwar, even the preamble of the Social Security Code has undergone changes. Before introducing the new bills with substantive changes, the minister had withdrawn the three codes tabled in the Parliament in 2019.

“The government had held nine rounds of tripartite consultations while drafting the three codes,” minister Gangwar added.

The codes will give powers to state governments on rules related to hiring, retrenchment and fixing work hours in their factories and establishments while restricting powers of the workers to form unions. Besides, it will ensure the government extends social security to all, including the unorganized and gig workers in a phased manner.

The union labour ministry has consolidated and amalgamated 29 labour laws into four codes to significantly improve the ease of compliance and hiring and firing of workers while keeping the labour welfare under consideration. The government had earlier notified the Code on Wages which provides for national level floor wage for all workers. The Code, is however, yet to be implemented.

Labour minister Gangwar,assured that the government will take into consideration points raised during the discussion of the three bills in the House.

The code on occupational safety, health and working conditions (OSH&WC Code) and the industrial relations code (IR Code) will give autonomy to states to amend labour laws to suit their industrial needs and attract investments through labour reforms without seeking Center’s permission.

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