The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Wednesday submitted reply to the Attorney General for Pakistan’s previous month’s report on reasons behind PIA’s accumulated losses and admit before the Supreme Court that the Human Resource (HR) Department “lacks quality”, “out of box thinkers” and “energetic professionals”, and some professionals lacked appropriate and professional education and they did not want to came out from their comfort zone.
It was stated that “Unfortunately, the PIA HR department has not undergone any major change since its inception, which has been quite detrimental for the department itself as well as for the overall working of the organisation as HR constitutes the backbone of any organisation,” said the reply. “It is a dilemma that no one has acknowledged the significance of the HR and the department is still stuck in the traditional approaches of administration and personnel.”
“A two-pronged strategy is being adopted as a capacity building measure for the HR department, including changing the attitude of the workplace,” it added. “We are also developing a comprehensive reward and punishment programme to improve the overall performance of the HR whereby employees will be motivated to work an extra mile for which they will be duly rewarded, but at the same time fearing consequences for their slackness.” It’s also expected that with the change of leadership of the HR department, things would get better soon.
“On making permanent 4,922 contract employees on the directives of the federal government, which resulted in additional expenditure of Rs101.615 million, the PIA said the staff was regularised in light of the federal government notification dated August 29, 2008”. About the appointment of employees on fake degrees reply stated that the “AGP’s report itself highlighted that the national flag carrier had taken action on all cases against fake/bogus degree holders and approximately 46 per cent fake/bogus degree holders had been dismissed whereas approximately 51 per cent fake degree holders approached the court of law and obtained a stay order”.
The AGP in the report had claimed that PIA governed by unprofessional Board of Directors, who lacks relevant experience.
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23 August, 2019