Friday, June 08, 2018

Future course for Air India disinvestment to be decided by Group of Ministers: Suresh Prabhu

The future course of action for Air India disinvestment process will be decided by the group of ministers as no initial bids were received for the proposed stake sale of the debt-laden national carrier, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said today. He said that all alternatives will be discussed by the Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism (AISAM), headed by Union Minister Arun Jaitley.

"The future course of action will be decided by the group of ministers," Prabhu

On whether the government would dilute the bidding norms to attract players, he said that the decision will be taken by that group of ministers only.

"There are several alternatives before Air India. All alternatives will be discussed by the group and (they will) decide the best possible alternative in the given situation," he said.
The deadline for submission of Expression of Interest (EoI) ended on May 31, with not a single bidder evincing interest in the airline.

In nearly two decades, this is the second time that Air India stake sale has not taken off. Back in 2001, during the then NDA government, the disinvestment process was scrapped.
07/06/18 PTI/