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Tata is back! Tata takes control of Air India after 69 years.

Tata group has officially taken over Air India from the government on Thursday. “We are totally delighted to have Air India back at the Tata group and are committed to making this a world-class airline,” Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran said. Mr Chandrasekaran also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the official handover. “The strategic disinvestment transaction of Air India successfully concluded today with transfer of 100 per cent shares of Air India to M/s Talace Pvt Ltd along with management control. A new Board, led by the Strategic Partner, takes charge of Air India,” Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) Secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey stated.

Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said it is indeed noteworthy that the disinvestment process of Air India has been brought to a successful conclusion in a time-bound manner.

“This proves the govt’s ability, and the resolve to carry out disinvestment effectively in non-strategic sectors in the future. Best wishes to the new owners. I am confident that the airline will bloom under their wings, and pave the way for a thriving and robust civil aviation industry in India,” Scindia said.

Department of investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) SecretaryTuhin Kanta Pandey said that the formalities have been completed and the Air India disinvestment transaction is closed.

The DIPAM Secretary said that Talace are the new owners as the entire Rs 2,700 crore has been received by the government.

“We have transferred shares. Entire Rs 15,300 crore of debt which was to be retained, has also been accepted. So all processes are completed,” he said.

Ministry of Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal said that Tata group will have to retain 12,000 employees.

By line: Divya Thearia

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