Government airline Air India is burdened with heavy debt on one side and on the other hand many government departments are sitting on crores of rupees. Air India, which has been facing a shortage of funds, has now said no to passengers on borrowed tickets. The company has stopped issuing tickets to officials of government agencies which owe more than Rs 10 lakh. An airline source said, various government agencies have borrowed tickets worth Rs 268 crore from Air India and the amount is outstanding. Air India has taken such a step for the first time in decades of history.
The company has stopped issuing tickets to officials of government agencies which owe more than Rs 10 lakh.
The company has made a list of government defaulters and their dues, which include the names of CBI, IB, ED, Custom Commissioners, Central Labor Institute, Indian Audit Board, Controller of Defense Accounts and Border Security Force. AI is the first priority for half-yearly visits for the government and its agencies. However, unfortunately these government officials do not show activeness in the matter of payment.In the last few weeks, more than 10 lakh defaulters have been placed on cash and carry, said an airline official. They are being given tickets only after payment. The Airport Authority of India, the Civil Aviation Ministry and the Lok Sabha have been exempted from this.