Indian govt determined to privatise Air India

- A Monitor Report01 Oct, 2019 | 97 Views|-+
New Delhi : Indian govt is fully determined to privatise Air India and is open to 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the aviation sector

The Narendra Modi government in its first term had also tried to exit from the airline business but failed to get a buyer.

Over a dozen unions of Air India recently came out strongly against the government's second bid to sell the financially-crippled national carrier.

The government is determined to privatise debt-laden national carrier Air India.

Revealing this at a press conference, Hardeep Singh, Union Minister for Civil Aviation said the government should not be in the business of running an airline. The private sector should run airlines instead, he said.

The minister said the government is fully determined to privatise Air India and is open to 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the aviation sector. The government is determined to get Air India's privatisation process started and to get the best possible deal in a time-bound manner, he said.

Too fat to fly : Air India puts its crew on diet

Air India has announced a new regulation for its flight crew members: their inflight meals will be offered from a new special low-fat menu.

In a letter to staff seen by a news agency, India's national carrier said the new low-fat and low-cholesterol dishes for staff are reportedly being introduced to "help our crew to remain healthy and fit".

The menu will include dishes such as "asparagus frittata of egg white" and is first being brought on board for the carrier's flights from Delhi and Mumbai.

News of the crew diet was met with a mixed reaction on social media, with some asking if it was a form of fat-shaming, and others joking that it would help the airline to save fuel. Some suspect Air India management was jealous of the attractiveness of staff on board other airlines.

Some even suspect it's an indication of the quality of food served to Air India's customers. "Will they not eat passengers' fatty food?" one person asked in jest.

It's not the airline's first controversial foray into the area of staff health and weight: in 2015, Air India grounded 130 staff members for being overweight, citing safety concerns. Critics accused the airline of being sexist as most of the staff affected were women.

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