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You are free to sack employees: Praful Patel tells Air India

New Delhi: Asserting that ‘indiscipline’ in Air India would not be tolerated, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said he had given full freedom to the management to take any step to deal with disruptions like the recent strike.

“I had made it very clear to the management that you have full freedom and you must do whatever is necessary in these circumstances. This (strike) type of gross indiscipline will not be tolerated,” Patel told Karan Thapar in an interview for the CNN-IBN news channel.

Asked whether more employees would be sacked for going on strike, he said, “If they (airline management) feel, they are free to do it, we will not come into the picture.”

He distanced the government from the airline management’s decision to derecognise two unions and terminating the services of union leaders, saying it was for the management to take any decision.

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