UPA responsible for plight of national carrier, one of country’s Navratnas: Jyotiraditya Scindia

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New Delhi: Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday defended his government on the decision of disinvestment in the Air India while holding the UPA government ‘responsible for the plight of the national carrier, one of the country’s Navratnas.’

“Due to the wrong decisions taken during the UPA government, the financial condition of Air India continued to deteriorate, the losses kept increasing. Air India, which was in profit of 14-15 crores in 2005-06, had to face a loss of 85 thousand crores in the next 14 years,” the Union Minister said.

The Union Minister also said, “After the purchase of 111 aircraft during the UPA government and the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines, the condition of Air India went on deteriorating.” 

During the debate on the Demands for Grants of the Civil Aviation Ministry in the Lok Sabha, Scindia highly condemned the previous Manmohan Singh-led UPA Government that stayed in the power at the Centre till 2014. Scindia, who currently holds the office of Ministry of Civil Aviation is a former member of Congress. 

Amidst protests by Sonia Gandhi and an uproar by Congress MPs, the Aviation Minister said, “I was silent about this, did not want to say anything but you want to speak about truth… so now can hear the truth.”

“As per the agreement of disinvestment with Tata on Air India….. the employees cannot be fired and if he wants to remove someone after one year, then that too can be done only through VRS scheme, the government is committed to providing medical facilities to Air India employees on the basis of CGHS and NHA,” he added.

After over 8 hours of discussion, the Lok Sabha by voice of vote the Demands for Grants for the Union Budget – 2022-23 under the control of the Ministry of Civil Aviation. 

(With inputs from ANI)

first published:March 23, 2022, 7:51 p.m.

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