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Govt, not pilots, responsible for Air India mess: BJP

india Updated: Sep 28, 2009 14:24 IST

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Condemning Air India's decision to reduce wages and performance-related incentives of its pilots and other staff, BJP today demanded withdrawal of pay-cuts and asked the government to explain airline's financial problems.

"BJP demands immediate withdrawal of pay cuts imposed upon pilots and others and bring out a White Paper on the reasons for present financial status of Air India and its accountability," party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

Blaming the UPA government's policies of "omission and commission" as the reason behind the present mess in Air India, Javadekar said, "It is ironical that instead of making Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel accountable for the present state of affairs of Air India, the hapless pilots and workers are made to suffer."

BJP had raised the issues related to Air India's financial problems in the Rajya Sabha in its last session.

"Fleet acquisition of 122 aircrafts at the staggering cost of Rs 65,000 crore, one-sided bilateral agreements, policy of route rationalisation, outsourcing ground operations, controversial decision of merging Indian Airline into Air India and rampant corruption are the main factors responsible for destroying Air India," Javadekar said.

The main opposition maintained that instead of taking action against the minister, the government was holding the pilots, officers and staff responsible for these problems.