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‘Fill the dues quickly and buy tickets only in cash’ – Government gave instructions to ministries, departments on Air India

'Fill the dues quickly and buy tickets only in cash' - Government gave instructions to ministries, departments on Air India

After the Air India deal, the process of disinvestment started. (symbolic picture)

New Delhi:

state airline Air India (Air India) to sell Deal with Tata Sons After doing this, the central government is now engaged in its further processes. Now its bookkeeping and other accounts will have to be accounted for, in such a situation, the government has given some instructions to all the ministries and departments on Wednesday. The government has said that the ministries and departments should immediately clear the dues of the debt-ridden Air India and from now on buy tickets only in cash. Actually, when government officials travel on government airlines, the tickets are kept for them, tickets are bought on loan facility, but the new directive of the government means that now the ministries and departments have to pay their officers and employees. For this, you will have to buy a ticket from Air India by paying cash and the previous account balance will have to be rectified immediately.

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The Department of Expenditure under the Ministry of Finance, in a 2009 order, had stated that in cases of air travel (both domestic and international) including LTC, where the Government of India bears the cost of the air route, officers can travel by Air India only. The Department of Expenditure said the process of disinvestment of Air India and Air India Express is underway, and the airline has stopped credit facilities for air tickets.

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The department said in an office memorandum, “…therefore, all the Ministries/Departments are directed to clear the dues of Air India forthwith.” Buy air tickets in cash from Air India till further instructions.’

The government earlier this month decided to sell Air India to Tata Group’s holding company Tales Pvt Ltd for Rs 18,000 crore. After nearly 70 years, the control of Air India has again come in the hands of the Tata group. However, a lot of effort will be needed to bring the debt-ridden Air India back on track. The reserve price of the bid for Air India is higher than the reserve price of Rs 12,906 crore.

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