Amritsar, 18th Sept 2012 (BharatSandesh news):– Amritsar Vikas Manch has demanded the formation of Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the persons responsible to bring Air India in loss. In a memorandum to the President Sh.Pranab Mukherjee, chief justice of Supreme court Justice H S Kapadia, the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh Congress President Mrs.Sonia Gandhi,civil avaiation minister Sh. Ajit Singh and others, the pattern of Amritsar Vikas Manch Dr Charanjit Singh Gumtala stated that Air India, was one of the 5 star airlines when Mr JRD Tata was its chairman and it was in profit before the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines. Now it is under debt into Rs. 67,000 crores.
The committee on public undertakings (COPU) headed by the senior Congress MP V Kishore Chandra Deo in its report submitted to parliament on May 12, 2010 stated that the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines described it as a marriage between "incompatible individuals" that helped neither. The merger, instead, increased losses and put the carriers at a disadvantage to private operators.
Two airlines had suffered in terms of brand value and lost traffic to private competitors while no effort was made to monitor the merger. two airlines had suffered in terms of brand value and lost traffic to private competitors while no effort was made to monitor the merger.The report calls for action against "agencies and individuals responsible for taking a whimsical decision so no PSU suffers such losses in the future". While asking the government to apprise it about the action taken against individuals responsible for the merger act, the panel urged stringent punitive measure so that such decision leading to intangible loss to a PSU does not recur in future.
Similarly, Parliament Standing Committee chaired by Sitaram Yechury and consisting of 31 members of Parliament, sated on May 01, 2011 that Air India (AI) was made to withdraw services from “lucrative and profit earning routes” in the name of “route rationalisation” while being forced to operate flights on loss making routes, said a Parliament Standing Committee report, which details how private airlines gained at the cost of the flagship carrier. "Private players were favoured in the route dispersal guidelines,” the committee reported. “Indian Airlines was denied a level-playing field. Private operators were permitted to operate on routes of their choice. IA was forced to keep a network operational, which involved more than 70% routes that were loss making,” it said.“In the Mumbai-Dubai sector, AI services were reduced from three to two flights daily but their competitor was able to operate four services daily. If the decision was based purely on commercial prudence, then how come the competitor could operate four services daily?” it questioned.“Services from lucrative Mumbai-Doha sector, which got 90% occupancy were withdrawn abruptly and the vacuum was filled by a private operator,” the report said. “The committee apprehends that there appears to be a nexus operating for surrendering lucrative routes to favour the private operators.
An inquiry be constituted to analyse the withdrawal of lucrative routes to favour the private players. The inquiries are necessitated by the fact that immediately on withdrawal of services by AI the private operators introduced their flights in the same sector,” it noted. Former Indian Airlines chief Mr Sunil Arora in his letter May 28, 2005 to the then cabinet secretary B K Chaturvedi complaining that he and the IA board were being pressured by then civil aviation minister Praful Patel and his OSD to take financially damaging and commercially unviable decisions. Mr Arora listed the decisions on which the board was overruled: purchasing more jets than required, disallowing IA to fly on viable routes to make way for other operators and, even "changing the seating configuration" to favour a particular aircraft manufacturer. Mr Gumtala has demanded that Centre government should form a . Special Investigation Team(SIT) either of CBI officials or under the chairmanship of sitting or retired judge of the Supreme Court on the pattern of 2G spectrum and other scams etc.
The copy of the letter has been sent to Lok Sabha member S. Navjot Singh Sidhu ,Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, MP, Mr Manish Tiwari MP Sh. Sita Ram Yechury M P , S. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa MP, Shri Avinash Rai Khanna MP.
ਏਅਰ ਇੰਡੀਆ ਨੂੰ ਘਾਟੇ ਵਿਚ ਖੜਨ ਵਾਲਿਆਂ ਵਿਰੁਧ ਕਾਰਵਾਈ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਵਿਸ਼ੇਸ਼ ਪੜਤਾਲੀਆ ਟੀਮ ਗਠਨ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਮੰਗ
ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ, 18 ਸਤੰਬਰ 2012 (ਭਾਰਤ ਸੰਦੇਸ਼ ਸਮਾਚਾਰ):– ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ ਵਿਕਾਸ ਮੰਚ ਨੇ ਏਅਰ ਇੰਡੀਆ ਨੂੰ ਘਾਟੇ ਵਿਚ ਖੜਨ ਵਾਲਿਆਂ ਵਿਰੁਧ ਕਾਰਵਾਈ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ 2 ਜ਼ੀ ਸਪੈਕਟਰਮ ਵਾਂਗ ਸੁਪਰੀਮ ਕੋਰਟ ਦੇ ਮੌਜ਼ੂਦਾ ਜਾਂ ਸੇਵਾ ਮੁਕਤ ਜੱਜ ਜਾਂ ਸੀ ਬੀ ਆਈ ਦੀ ਅਗਵਾਈ ਵਿਚ ਵਿਸ਼ੇਸ਼ ਪੜਤਾਲੀਆ ਟੀਮ ਗਠਨ ਕਰਨ ਅਤੇ ਏਅਰ ਇੰਡੀਆ ਵਲੋਂ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ- ਟੋਰਾਂਟੋ ਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਬੰਦ ਕੀਤੀਆਂ ਉਡਾਣਾਂ ਮੁੜ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਮੰਗ ਕੀਤੀ ਹੈ ।ਮੰਚ ਦੇ ਸਰਪ੍ਰਸਤ ਡਾ. ਚਰਨਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਗੁਮਟਾਲਾ ਨੇ ਰਾਸ਼ਟਰਪਤੀ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਪ੍ਰਨਾਬ ਮੁਕਰਜੀ, ਸੁਪਰੀਮ ਕੋਰਟ ਦੇ ਚੀਫ ਜਸਟਿਸ ਮਾਨ ਯੋਗ ਜਸਟਿਸ ਐਸ ਐਚ ਕਪਾਡੀਆ , ਯੂ.ਪੀ.ਏ. ਚੇਅਰਪਰਸਨ ਤੇ ਕਾਂਗਰਸ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਮਤੀ ਸੋਨੀਆ ਗਾਂਧੀ , ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਡਾ. ਮਨਮੋਹਨ ਸਿੰਘ , ਸ਼ਹਿਰੀ ਹਵਾਬਾਜ਼ੀ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ,ਂ ਨੂੰ ਲਿਖੇ ਪੱਤਰ ਵਿਚ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਏਅਰ ਇੰਡੀਆ