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Vijay Mallya has not given any revival plan so far: Ajit Singh

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh has said Vijay Mallya's Kingfisher Airlines has not yet given a revival plan to restart operations, even as employees are aggrieved over non-payment of salaries.

BT Online Bureau   New Delhi     Last Updated: March 21, 2013  | 00:00 IST

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Thursday said Vijay Mallya's Kingfisher Airlines has not yet given a revival plan to restart operations, even as employees are aggrieved over non-payment of salaries.

The employees, meanwhile, have threatened to disrupt IPL matches of the Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB), the team owned by Mallya. Asked if the government can intervene in the matter, the minister said "the government has no role in this".

"All they have to do is satisfy DGCA that they can do safe operation and sustain operations. They have to give a plan - a financially viable plan. He (Vijay Mallya) has not given that so far," Singh said.

The minister said non-payment of salaries has left the "highly trained" employees an aggrieved lot. Several employees have already left the company.

Kingfisher Airlines, whose license is under suspension after it failed to clear dues of employees and other stakeholders, has two years' time to get its permit renewed and restart operations.

The Vijay Mallya-owned cash-strapped airline is grounded since October 2012 following unrest by employees over non-payment of salaries and subsequent disruption in its flight schedules.

With inputs from PTI

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