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Air India delays its employees' salaries for 5th straight month

Mumbai: For the fifth consecutive month, debt-laden Air India has not paid salaries to its employees on time and is yet to communicate the possible date of payments, sources said.

There has been a delay in payment of salaries every month since March.

The national carrier, which is facing acute financial crunch, is yet to issue any specific communication on when the payments are likely to made, the sources said.

Air India has more than 11,000 permanent staff.

Sources at Air India said that last month's salaries are yet to be deposited in the bank accounts of employees.

An airline spokesperson said salaries for the month of July are likely to be disbursed in a couple of days. Generally, the airline disburses salaries by 30th or 31st of every month.

The delay in salary payments also comes against the backdrop of the government seeking Parliament's nod for Rs 980 crore as supplementary grants for equity infusion into the airline.

On July 26, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told the Lok Sabha that there was a short delay in the payment of salaries for May and that the same was paid subsequently.

"Salaries have been paid to all employees, including the salary for the month of June, 2018, which was paid on July 2, 2018," the minister had said.

At the end of March 2017, the national carrier had a debt burden of more than Rs 48,000 crore.

Last month, the Civil Aviation Ministry said that Air India has received Rs 27,195.21 crore worth equity infusion under the Turn Around Plan (TAP) and the Financial Restructuring Plan (FRP) approved back in 2012.

After the carrier defaulted on payment of employees' May salary this year, one of its pilots' unions had urged the management to ensure that the situation is not repeated in the future.

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