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PIA clarifies media reports on recruitment

Karachi; January 12, 2016

Reference to reports in a section of press regarding PIA recruiting 1000 new workers during the tenure of the present government, Spokesman PIA has clarified that there is no truth to such reports and in fact during this period the total number of employees has been brought down from 16,563 to 14,771 currently showing an overall reduction of 1792.

In fact 611 employees have been hired during this period including 507 technicians in Group IV, as against the attrition of more than 2453 PIA employees during this period. (Attrition refers to retirement, passing away, removal of personnel as well as termination of their deputation or contact period.)

According to details, from June-December 2013, 176 employees were recruited against an attrition of 585; in 2014 only 15 were recruited against an attrition of 988 while in 2015, 420 employees were recruited against an attrition of 880.

Clarifying further the airline Spokesman said that new recruitment have been kept at a bare minimum level to keep the airline operational. This recruitment was indispensable due to huge increase in the size of PIA’s fleet during the tenure of this government. All recruitment was done in a transparent manner, strictly adhering to merit and the previous trend of political appointees has been done away with. By appointing right people at the job, the efficiency of PIA as an organization has been improved, he said.