Ministries using its services are yet to send their payment
GN Bureau | April 17, 2015
The cash-strapped Maharaja has been wobbling for sometimes one of the reasons is government itself. The cash-crunched Air India is craving for funds with a debt burden of Rs 40,000 crore, the government itself owes Rs 600 crore to the national carrier for utislising it’s services for VVIPs till March 31.
The services of Air India are availed by the president, vice president, prime minister, external affairs and home ministers among others.
The ministry of civil aviation is in touch with other ministries to secure payment dues. There are many ministries who are yet to make the payment but the lions share is due from home, external affairs and ministry of defense.
Air India has five double-deck Boeing 747-400 aircraft to provide services to VVIPs.
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