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Minister for sacking aged, incapable Biman staff

Sayeed Muhammad: Expressing frustration over poor luggage handling at the country’s premier airport, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal has suggested cutting jobs of aged and incapable employees of the national flag career. “There’re many aged employees (in Biman) who are not capable to deliver. You say bye to them with handsome compensation. You employ young and energetic manpower in their places,” he said drawing attention of General Manager at Biman Bangladesh Airlines Shakil Meraj.The minister came up with the suggestion at a pre-budget discussion at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) hosted by Aviation and Tourism Journalists Forum of Bangladesh (ATJFB) yesterday.The minister said he is not even satisfied over the current performance of Biman in terms of handing luggage. “If other countries can deliver service quickly, why can’t we?” Urging all to work for upholding the image of the national carrier, he said Biman is a pride of Bangladesh and it represents the country at home and abroad.The minister accepted the demands of stakeholders and assured them of placing those proposals before the Finance Minister AMA Muhith.Parliamentary standing committee chairman on the ministry and former minister Faruk Khan said he fully agreed with the proposal came from the stakeholders of Civil Aviation and Tourism sector and assured of taking into consideration of those proposals in consultation with Muhith. Shakil Meraj, general manager of the airliner’s public relations wing, said Biman has made profit worth Tk 606 crore over the last three years and sought government support to increase its capital base.ATJFB President Nadira Kiron moderated the discussion while its general secretary Tanzim Anwar delivered welcome speech.

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