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Govt departments owe Rs 574 cr in dues to Air India

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is owed a sum of over Rs 574 crore in outstanding dues by different ministries and departments, said today.

"The outstanding amount to be collected by Air India from the various ministries/departments of government and government agencies as on March 15, 2012 is approximately Rs 574.67 crore," Singh said in reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

Singh said that the Air India had submitted the bills to the respective offices and was pursuing the matter for realisation of dues.

In response to another question, Singh said that a strike by pilots agitating against non-payment of salaries and flying allowance on January 14 this year had cost the national carrier Rs 5.8 crore.

"The loss of revenue due to strike of pilots on January 14, 2012 is approximately Rs 5.8 crore," Singh told the Rajya Sabha.

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