Air India CMD reinstates sacked executive directors

New Delhi: Air India chairman and managing director, Rohit Nandan, has reinstated two key officials ousted by his predecessor, Arvind Jadhav, ''with immediate effect" through an order passed on Friday. The move comes even as Nandan moves pace to restore confidence among the staff of the beleaguered state-owned carrier.

The officers restored to their original positions are Anoop Srivatsava and Amol Sharma, who resume charge as executive director, customer services and related businesses. Both had proceeded on leave since February of this year.

Officials say the restoration increases the number of executive director posts to 24, as pruning of positions post-merger with Indian had reduced available positions for senior staff from 43 to 22.

With such drastic pruning many officials had been forced to multi-task.

Nandan had earlier indicated that senior officials who had been ousted in the previous dispensation would be reinstated. He reasoned that their experience would come in very handy in reviving the fortunes of the badly struggling airline.