Thursday, December 26, 2019

For 1st time, Air India refuses tickets to government agencies that owe it over Rs 10 lakh

Mumbai: Fund-starved Air India has decided to stop issuing tickets for official travel to personnel of government agencies that owe it over Rs 10 lakh. “The dues of various government agencies to Air India for ticket purchases add up to Rs 268 crore,” said an airline source.
For the first time in its decades-long existence, AI has chalked up a list of its sarkaari defaulters and their dues. And it’s a who’s who of the establishment, including the CBI, IB, Enforcement Directorate, Customs commissioners, Central Labour Institute, Indian Audit Board, Controller of Defence Accounts, and Border Security Force.
AI is the first choice for official travel for the government and its agencies, and tickets of private carriers can be bought only if AI doesn’t service a destination.
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Unfortunately for the national carrier, these sarkaari offices are not very forthcoming on payment.
Last month, AI’s finance department at each region/ station began gathering data on government dues. “Those with over Rs 10 lakh in dues have been put on ‘cash and carry’ in the past few weeks. They are issued tickets only if they pay upfront,” said the airline official. Exceptions have been made for the Airports Authority of India, the Ministry of Civil Aviation, and the Lok Sabha, the first two being parties that AI needs to keep in good humour to stay afloat.
26/12/19 Manju V/Times of India

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