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Ministry seeks Rs 20k cr for AI in next Plan

But says the airline will have to meet targets to get fund

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The Union civil aviation ministry has asked for Rs 19,911 crore as budgetary support from the government for in the 12th Plan (2012-17), a part of the Rs 23,000 crore a Group of Ministers () had said should be infused till 2020-21 in the ailing state-owned airline .

“But these recommendations are conditional and the airline will also have to meet certain targets to get the fund,” said a senior civil aviation ministry official, who did not want to be identified.

The GoM on reviving Air India recommended infusion of Rs 23,000 crore of equity into the ailing airline by 2020-21. This was apart from the infusion of Rs 3,200 crore in the past two years, increasing the airline’s equity base to Rs 3,345 crore.

FACT SHEET
* Short-term debt 
Rs 23,000 cr
* Long-term debt 
Rs 20,000 cr
* Debt to restructure 
Rs 18,000 cr
* Annual cost of servicing 
short-term debt
Rs 1,200 cr
* Accumulated losses 
Rs 20,000 cr
* Dues to vendors 
Rs 5,000 cr
* Equity base 
Rs 3,345 cr

The airline is already committed to raise a separate sum of Rs 13,052 crore through ‘’ to fund aircraft acquisition plan during the period. It is to take delivery of at least 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in this time. Of the 27 Dreamliners on order, it was to take delivery of seven in the current financial year, but the government is yet to approve this. The Cabinet has to also decide on infusion of another Rs 5,400 crore before March-end.

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