Some members of a parliamentary panel today questioned the disinvestment of Air India and sought to know who should be held accountable for the huge losses incurred by the state-run carrier, sources said.
At the meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), they also raised questions about the government's decision to sell its stake in the airline despite its decision to merge both Air India and the erstwhile Indian Airlines into a single entity.
The meeting was attended by Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey, Air India CMD Pradeep Singh Kharola and representatives of Air India Joint Forum Against Privatisation, a body represented by various Air India unions.
Earlier in the day, senior BJP MP Subramanian Swamy had asked the government, to defer stake sale in Air India to next year and also sought dropping of Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha from the government.
"I welcome RSS sarsangh chalak Mohan Bhagwat's timely warning on Air India family silver sale. My advice to Namo: Put off the proposal to post 2019 poll. Also drop Jayant Sinha," Swamy said in a tweet.
Yesterday, speaking an an event in Mumbai,the RSS chief had said that the control and management of the national carrier should remain with an Indian player, cautioning the government against "losing control and ownership of its skies".
The government had on March 28 kicked off the stake sale process of Air India and has issued a detailed preliminary information memorandum wherein it has proposed to sell 76 per cent stake and cede management control to private players.
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