Monday, June 30, 2008

Petty jobs, a far cry from BIAL’s promises

Petty jobs, a far cry from BIAL’s promises
Monday June 30 2008 10:09 IST

Hemanth C S | ENS

BANGALORE: A month after it began commercial flight operations, Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) might be witnessing smooth take-offs and landings on the airside.

But trouble may be brewing on land, as the farmers who gave up their land have accused the promoters of the airport and the Government of not protecting their interests. Farmers from Maylanahalli, Gangamuthanahalli, Arsingunte, Bawapura, Kandenappanahalli and surrounding villages, who had surrendered their mostly agricultural land, for compensation and employment at the airport, have said that the jobs given are petty with paltry salaries.

Farmers, who have presently been employed as security guards and ground staff at the apron area and in the parking bays, had been promised employment by BIAL. However, now they have been outsourced to various agencies and companies.

"It was promised that one person from each family that gave up land would be employed at the airport. But the jobs given fetch salaries as low as Rs 3,000," said Munianjanappa, currently employed with G4S.


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