The airline hasn’t paid its almost 11,000 workers for the previous 3 months.
Air India has sought tips for short-term loans worth Rs 1,000 crore to satisfy urgent working capital needs, PTI reported Friday. The airline hasn’t paid wages to almost 11,000 workers within the previous 3 months.
The national company has invited bids from financial institutions and banks to be filed by June 13. The Rs 1,000 crore loan will likely be attracted in June in one or more tranches, IANS reported a tender document issued by Air India on Wednesday.
IANS in their document stated, “The tenure of the loan will be for one year (renewable) from the date of availing the [short-term loans].” It further added, “The government of India guarantee is presently valid for one year.”
How it happened?
The airline’s movement searching loans come only a week after the authorities neglected to draw any bids for the sale of its own 76% stake in Air India before the May 31 deadline.
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday stated that the Group of Ministers that the Centre has made to handle the Air India disinvestment process would determine the future course of actions, as no first bids were obtained for the proposed bet purchase, reported PTI.
Prabhu stated that all choices would be discussed with the Air India Particular Choice Mechanism led by Union Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley.
In January the authorities decided to divest 76% stake in Air India, dismissing a parliamentary panel’s suggestion to provide the debt-ridden airline five years to revive itself. Air India hasn’t earned gains because it was united with the state-owned national operator Indian Airlines in 2007. The business made an operating profit of Rs 298 crore in the last fiscal year during March 2017 but had to suffer net loss of Rs 5,765.16 crore.