A message about Swati Kovind - the daughter of President Ram Nath Kovind, is viral over WhatsApp and social media stating how the Tatas have silently transferred her from the post of a flight attendant to the internal affairs division at Air India.
However, the message is misleading as news reports from 2017 reported about Swati being moved to a ground role due to security reasons. The move is much before the Tata Group retook control of Air India this year.
The message has been widely shared on WhatsApp and Facebook.
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BOOM performed a keyword search using 'Swati Kovind' and 'Air India' and found several news reports published in 2017. The news reports stated she was assigned ground duties because of security reasons. Ram Nath Kovind took oath as India's 14th President on July 25, 2017.
A Hindustan Times report published on November 12, 2017 stated, "Swati, who doesn't use a surname, was a cabin crew on Air India's long-haul Boeing 787 and Boeing 777 flights, but for nearly a month now she has been deputed with Air India's integration department at the airline's headquarters here, the official said. The department oversees human resource integration of erstwhile Indian Airlines and Air India since their merger in 2007."
The article further quoted an airline source who said, "...as a President's daughter I don't think she can fly as a crew with security personnel around. It is not possible to block so many passenger seats".
It was not immediately clear in what capacity Swati currently works at Air India. A spokesperson for the airline declined to comment, when BOOM reached out.
Swati's move internally at Air India is also not connected to the sale of the airline to the Tata Group, which took place in October 2021. The group took over management and control of the airline, in late January this year.
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