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The former Union minister said the carrier had assets worth lakhs of crores of rupees and had a large number of route permits as a result of bilateral agreements and these would be greatly affected by the government's decision.
"The government should clarify whether the ownership and control of Air India would be handed over to foreign players and whether its assets would also be handed over, as well as on the monetisation of routes," he said.
Saying that the party would examine the government's decision, he sought answers from it on how its policy would affect the national carrier.
The CPI(M) also opposed the decision and accused the government of moving towards handing Air India over to a foreign airline.
"The politburo of the CPI(M) strongly opposes the decision to allow foreign airlines to invest up to 49 per cent in Air India," it said in a statement.
"Having taken the decision to privatise Air India, the Modi government is now moving towards handing (it) over ... to a foreign airline," the party said.
The Left party advised the government to pay heed to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture that had asked it to review its decision on the privatisation of Air India.
The CPI(M) also criticised the decision of the Cabinet to allow 100 per cent FDI through the automatic route in single- brand retail trade.
"Though FDI up to 49 per cent was permitted under the automatic route (till now), this decision to liberalise FDI in retail trade will have harmful consequences for domestic retail traders and shopkeepers," it said.
While allowing foreign investors, including foreign airlines, to have a stake in Air India, the government also made it clear that the national carrier's substantial ownership would remain with an Indian national.
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