The endeavor to privatize AIR INDIA met with strong opposition by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Communist Party of India.
ICP, 05 July 2017
The CPI (M) expressed that Air India was "crippled and burdened with debt due to monumental miscalculation and certain wrong decisions taken by successive governments at the Centre. It is now being made the scapegoat and sought to be privatized". The privatization is made with a bonanza to the perspective private buyer, "the write off of the Rs. 30,000 crore debt burden".
The CPI (M) named the sale of Air India as a part of "the overall privatization drive of the Modi government which is against national interest" and Party called to stop the privatization.
The statement underlined that Air India is "one of the jewels of public sector" and its losses are "due to inefficiency of the administration and sabotage leading to unfair completion with private sector". Saving Air India is possible depending on the honesty of the govenrment, but the National Democratic Alliance led by the BJP government is determined to destroy the public sector.
CPI demanded that the government should appoint an expert committee to advice Air India to come out of losses, withdraw the decision of disinvestment and stop privatisation. CPI appealed to trade unions, democratic section of people, to resist the privatisation of Air India, by the Modi government.