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Air India has Rs 574 cr in pending payments from govt departments

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh has also said a strike by pilots on January 14, agitating against non-payment of salaries, had cost the national carrier Rs 5.8 crore.

BT Online Bureau | March 22, 2012 | Updated 18:09 IST

Air India has pending payments worth over Rs 57 crore from various ministries and departments of the government, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said on Thursday.

"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 crores," Singh said in reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

Singh said 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.

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