“IF AIR India is not privatised then from where the money would come for it to function?” said Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday. “If it (Air India) is not privatised then from where the money would come to for it to function? Earlier we used to go to Finance Ministry to make up the operating loss. We are not getting any money from the Finance Ministry, we have to go to banks,” Puri told ANI when asked about Air India disinvestment.
“The condition of Air India today is that it is a first-class asset. If we sell it now then bidders would come. If we take ideological positions that we don’t want to sell it then it would be difficult to run it in the future,” he said.
When asked people employed by Air India, Puri said: “We are committed to them to get a fair deal. 11,000 and 4,000 on contract include trained engineers. Those who would acquire the airline would also require these trained people.”