After the government decision to sell Air India paintings worth Rs 200 crore have reportedly gone missing from its Mumbai headquarters.
Recent reports state that stolen paintings are from renowned artists like Jatin Das and MF Hussain. The matter came to light when the airline approached Jatin Das for a painting that he made for Air India. Also, the report states that some paintings gifted by artist Jatin Das might have reached the open market.
“The government is looking closely into allegations of some of Air India’s paintings going missing. We are monitoring the media reports very closely. Air India has been keeping quite meticulous records over the years and making sure that the entire inventory is properly accounted for,” says, Union Minister Jayant Sinha on Wednesday.
On the other hand, Ashwani Lohani, the chairman and managing director of the Air India ensured that internal inquiry on the matter had been ordered.
Yesterday, the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism, and Culture had discussed the government’s decision to divest stake in Air India.
Sources report that Congress member and former Minister of State for Civil Aviation K C Venugopal has raised the issue. Recently, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its in-principle approval for the disinvestment of Air India.
At present, the airlines are in a debt of more than Rs 52,000 crore. Earlier, UPA government has extended bailout package worth Rs 30,000 crore for a period of ten-years starting from 2012.
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