National carrier Air India has awarded one of its security personnel out-of-turn for ''honesty''.
According to Air India, this is the first time in the history of the state-owned carrier that an employee was given out of turn promotion for honesty.
Subhash Chander, who is presently posted in the security wing of the airline, has been promoted to the rank of officer security for his "exemplary conduct" by the Air India Chairman and Managing Director Aswani Lohani, according to an official statement.
"On August 15, during the pipping ceremony, AI's executive director for security, Alok Singh (IPS) conferred upon Chander stripes of the rank of officer, security," Air India said.
Chander, who is a science graduate and has undertaken several courses in aviation security, had on several occasions returned valuables, cash and belongings left by passengers on aircraft, it said, adding, "Chander has returned back valuables left by passengers and in all these cases the passengers were not aware of their misplaced articles till returned to them."
In one such case in June this year, while checking a flight which had arrived from Hong Kong, Chander had found a pouch containing over Rs 5 lakh in foreign currency, which was returned back to the passenger, according to the statement.
(With agency inputs)