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Foreign entities picking states in airlines: GoM to decide

January 11, 2012 13:59 IST

AircraftA group of ministers will soon meet in New Delhi to decide on allowing foreign entities to pick up stakes in the airline sector in India, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said on Wednesday.

"Finally, the Cabinet will take the decision.

"The Committee of Secretaries has already recommended raising the foreign direct investment limits in the sector," he told reporters after laying the foundation stone for installing third ATC tower at the Indira Gandhi International

Airport in New Delhi.

The GoM on aviation will meet soon to take a call on this, he said.

His comments came in the wake of reports that government was exploring options to allow FDI in aviation sector.

Asked about bailing out private airlines, Singh said the government will not bail out any such private entity.

He said the private airlines should come out with workable business plans and then seek loans from banks.

"Air India is government's responsibility because it is a government organisation," he said in response to a question.

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