1. Air India privatisation is unpatriotic, say former employees

Air India privatisation is unpatriotic, say former employees

The employees union of Air India representing retired its personnel today termed the government's move to privatise the airline "unpatriotic" and "illogical" in a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju.

By: | New Delhi | Published: July 19, 2017 11:45 PM
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The employees union of Air India representing retired its personnel today termed the government’s move to privatise the airline “unpatriotic” and “illogical” in a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. The letter also says that the government’s priority should be to restructure the airline’s huge debt. The All India Airlines Retired Personnel Association (AIARPA), which has written the letter, represents nearly 11,000 former employees of Air India. “Why has the government announced the decision to privatise AI — a decision taken in great haste — just at a time when the airline is on the verge of becoming profitable.

“The move is unpatriotic as well as not logical at this point of time,” the union said in the letter. For the first time in a decade, the airline posted an operational profit of Rs 105 crore in 2015-2016. It rose to Rs 300 crore in 2016-2017. “For now the restructuring of debt be carried out,” said the letter.

The union also proposed that the government could waive Air India’s Rs 52,000 crore debt so that it can “forge ahead” like it plans to do to make the national carrier attractive for a private player.

It also claims that private investors are “interested” in AI because it is operationally profitable, has a large fleet of aircraft, a profitable low-cost international carrier like Air India Express, profitable ground handling services, and prime slots at airports around the country and the world, among other factors. “The real reform needed is for compensating for costs incurred in implementing specific government policies, not in line with their commercial objectives,” adds the letter.

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    Apte
    Jul 20, 2017 at 8:26 am
    Air India is in trouble for various reasons and one of them is low productivity of its employees. One can understand if former employees are opposed to privatisation of Air India. But how many of them had actively opposed indiscipline in Air India, waste of resources, over-staffing and so on? One can understand that privatisation is not answer to current problems faced by Air India but then can the government afford to invest more money in Air India's revival which of course will only be temporary?
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      rakkahtmb
      Jul 20, 2017 at 6:18 am
      former emlpoyees are rsesponible to some extent for the condition of AIR nad shedding crocodile tears.there is nothing unpetroitis in removing the cancer and utilise money for the common poor
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        ashok
        Jul 20, 2017 at 5:38 am
        so you termites can eat more and bulk up ... Bleed the country to death, everyone is for themselves ... every politician and his kin, and next generations, employees of govt are the worst of all ... bleeding the country to death ...
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        1. ramdhan sharma
          Jul 20, 2017 at 3:40 am
          The welcome move by the NDA government, you can not hide your bad karama behind pure word of patriotism, patriotism has nothing to do with airline Business, every taxpayer paisa has to be counted and has to be well spent
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            Sadasivan
            Jul 20, 2017 at 1:30 am
            Congrats,NDA for the turn-around.Admirable.
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