Did you know that the Government of India has a huge debt towards Air India? If yes, do you know the exact amount the government needs to pay back to the airline? Well, it’s Rs 1146.86 crores. Yes, you read that right!
Yes a whooping, eleven thousand and forty six crores rupees.
According to the details furnished by the Air India on September 26 to PIL applicant, Commodore Lokesh Batra (retd), the defence ministry has outstanding bills of Rs 211.17 crore, cabinet secretariat and PMO Rs 543.18 crore and external affairs ministry Rs 392.33 crore.
Some of the oldest pending bills for the visits of the President, the Vice-President and the evacuation flights are nearly 10-year-old, if the data furnished by Air India is to be believed.
So next time you are travelling by Air India and you don’t find the services satisfactory you may want to blame the government and not the airline.