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Ajit Singh to meet PM for solution to AI agitation

Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh is likely to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on June 4 to discuss the deadlock between Air India’s agitating pilots and the management,said sources

Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh is likely to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on June 4 to discuss the deadlock between Air India’s agitating pilots and the management,said sources.

The meeting comes after the aviation minister met some of the pilots on May 25. The meeting had failed to yield any result.

The government has continued with its tough stance,asking the agitating pilots to report to work before any of their grievances could be addressed. On the other hand,the pilots,led by Indian Pilots Guild (IPG),have demanded the reinstatement of the 101 pilots who were terminated by the airline’s management and also the recognition of the pilots’ union,IPG.

While the government had agreed to take back 91 pilots,it had maintained that the 10 union leaders cases would be dealt with individually. However,this was not acceptable to the pilots.

Sources said meeting with the PM may chalk out a solution.

The IPG is said to have been holding negotiations through political channels,meeting prominent left communist leader Sitaram Yechury and a senior cabinet minister from Maharashtra.

Meanwhile,the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has sought explanation from Air India’s three striking pilots,whose licenses were referred for cancellation by the airline,for not responding to its show-cause notice.

The names of 10 pilots were forwarded to the DGCA for creating unrest in the airline and inciting others to strike. While seven pilots sent their replies,three have not.

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The pilots from pre-merger Air India have been on strike since last 23 days.