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Govt reviewing access given to foreign airlines: Sanjay Nirupam

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 20:30

New Delhi: Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam on Tuesday
said the government is reviewing the access given to foreign
airlines under Bilateral Air Services Agreements in the last
10 years.

Nirupam said the seats given to foreign carriers under
the bilateral agreements was detrimental to the business
prospects of Air India and other carriers.

"The PMO has ordered for a review of all the bilaterals
given in the last 10 years (by India) and the Committee of
Secretaries is looking into the matter," Nirupam said while
speaking at the National Convention of Civil Aviation Joint
Action Front (CAJAF) here today.

CAJAF is the umbrella body of the national carrier Air
India`s employees` unions.

In a unity rarely seen in politics, the occasions saw
the left, the Congress and BJP share a common platform that
had the theme--Save Air India.

Communist Party of India Leader Gurudas Dasgupta blamed
government policies for the financial hardship being faced by
Air India.

"It is the entire government and not just Ministry of
Civil Aviation that is responsible for the ill-health of the
Air India...government is aggressively becoming anti-people,
anti-worker," Dasgupta said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 20:30
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