Vol. 5 Num 479 Fri. September 30, 2005  
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First improve management, then buy planes
JS body suggests Biman

A parliamentary body yesterday suggested improving the management and services of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines before purchasing any new aircraft.

The parliamentary standing committee on public undertaking at a meeting in the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban also criticised the Biman authorities severely for poor management that causes huge loss to the national flag carrier every year.

Biman officials informed the meeting that in the 2004-05 fiscal, Biman faced a net loss of about Tk 300 crore, which may rise to Tk 450 crore in the current fiscal, committee member Awami League lawmaker Faruk Khan told The Daily Star after the meeting.

On the recent strike of Biman employees, its managing director (MD) said employees' unions have been hampering the smooth running of the organisation as there are more unions than the rules permit.

Quoting the Biman MD, a lawmaker said there are 10 employees' unions in Biman at present while the rules permit three.

The committee advised the Biman to control the employees' union activities.

Faruk Khan also told the meeting that due to unfair interference of the government, Biman is not operating like a commercial organisation.

He also enquired about the steps the Biman had taken to check the regular losses to which the Biman MD replied that it is looking for strategic partners for different routes.

"Who will want to share your losses unless you improve your management and find lucrative routes?" Khan questioned back.

He also identified giving away of lucrative routes to other airlines as another reason for Biman's losses.

The committee asked the Biman authorities to submit a report to it by November with the directives to check huge losses of Biman.