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Air India to get `2,500 crore of fresh equity

business Updated: Feb 28, 2015 15:57 IST
Union Budget 2015-16

Finance minister Arun Jaitley Saturday proposed infusion of an additional equity of `2,500 crore in the cash-strapped national passenger carrier Air India for 2015-16 fiscal.

According to the expenditure budget document, a budgetary support of `2,500 crore has been earmarked for equity infusion in Air India.

"The provision under (investment in public sector undertakings) this head is

made for government investment in the PSUs under ministry of civil aviation. The instant provision is for equity infusion in Air India," said notes on demands for grants, 2015-2016.

Last financial year `6,500 crore was infused in Air India. The national passenger carrier, which has an accumulated debt of around `40,000 crore was given `6,000 crore as budgetary support in 2013-14.

The budgetary support is a part of a turnaround and a financial restructuring plan worth `30,000 which was passed in April, 2012.

The turnaround plan worth `30,000 crore of equity infusion is expected to be completed over a period of nine-years starting 2012-13.

Apart from `30,000 crore of equity infusion, the turn around plan envisions Air India getting `7,400 crore by issuing government-backed non-convertible debentures (NCDs) to its lenders, like financial institutions, banks, LIC and EPFO.