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Not waiting for striking pilots to return

Strengthening its stand, government on Sunday made it clear that it is not waiting for striking air india pilots to return to work but making plans to move ahead with fresh indications. Reminding the pilots and other employees that their survival was linked to Air India, Ajit Singh said that nobody is going to give anymore public money to the airline and "they will not survive for too long" if the company does not become competitive. "We are not waiting. We are making plans. If you take the pilots trained in V-737 or Airbus 320, (in) three to six months they can be trained to fly these planes," he told on the sidelines of a book release function in Hyderabad. Moreover, Later in Mumbai, the minister stuck to his stand during a meeting with executive pilots who urged the minister to look at an early solution to end the strike by nearly 400 pilots owing allegiance to the Indian Pilots Guild. On the other hand, Air India has already invited application to hire around 100 new pilots.

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