Air India

Bowing to privatisation

Print edition : August 18, 2017

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who heads the Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism. Photo: SUDHAKARA JAIN

Members of the Air Corporations Employees' Union protesting against the move to privatise Air India before the Air India GSD building near the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on July 18. Photo: RAMESH SHARMA

Minister for Civil Aviation Praful Patel briefing the media at the Finance Ministry after the Empowered Group of Ministers' meeting that finalised the purchase of 68 Boeing aircraft for Air India, in New Delhi on December 24, 2005. Photo: V. SUDERSHAN

J.R.D. Tata with Air India crew during the high-flying days of the corporation in 1971. Photo: Courtesy: Tata Central Archives

The move to privatise Air India comes after years of deliberate neglect by the government and a series of measures taken over two decades to systematically run it into the ground.
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