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Air India, five years back, had offered its employees to go on sabbatical, meaning to be out of duty with out salary for higher studies etc., for five years as a method of reducing its salary expenses and austerity measure. The five years are now over, and the AI management has given orders that those on sabbatical has either to return back or quit.
It is reported that 213 employees had taken sabbatical at that time. Many have got other jobs, some have gone abroad etc.
The Air india has got 27,000 employees and about 1/4th of them are to retire within 3-4 years. Under these circumstances, if fresh recruitment is not taken in addition to those coming back from sabbatical, the proper functioning of the carrier will be adversely affected.