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Still waiting to see if IndiGo bids for Air India: Govt

New Delhi: The government on Monday said it will still want to see if IndiGo bids for Air India, even as the budget carrier had last week announced its decision not to bid for the national carrier.
Civil Aviation Secretary R N Chaubey said the government intended to make the divestment process "faster", but made it clear to a poser that Air India's operations would not be split in the bidding process.
"Let us see whether finally they (IndiGo) bid or don't bid. We will wait for them," Chaubey told reporters on the sidelines of a CII event. His comments and assertion against splitting Air India's operations came against the backdrop of IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh announcing on April 5 that his company was opting out from the bidding process as its primary interest in acquiring Air India's international operations was not available under the disinvestment plan.
Asked if his ministry was open to the idea of selling Air India separately — domestic and international as expressed by IndiGo, Chaubey said, "presently, we are not looking at the option of splitting Air India's operations".
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