Aviation min’s Budget wish list: Rs 8,500 cr for AI in 2013-14
“Of the Rs 5,000 crore due from the current year, Rs 4,600 crore is the committed equity infusion and the rest Rs 400 crore is the interest money to be paid on the Rs 7,400 crore bond issue. The government could not give Air India all the money and we are hoping that they should be able to give it next year,” said a senior ministry official.
He added that Rs 650 crore will be the interest to be paid for the bond issue next year and the rest would be the committed equity infusion for next year. Air India was to get infusion of Rs 10,600 crore for the current fiscal but the national carrier got only Rs 6,000 crore. Due to the government defaulting on its commitment, the airline plans to clear a part of its dues attracting high interest cost by borrowings from banks.
As part of the turnaround plan cleared by the Cabinet, Air India is to get an equity infusion of over Rs 30,000 crore over a period of 9 years starting from 2012-13 and get their short-term debt of Rs 18,000 crore restructured, which has already been done.
Around 60 per cent of the airline’s short-term debt has