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    Jet Airways pilots appeal to SBI for funds, ask PM to save 20,000 jobs


    300 pilots and engineers of Jet Airways have gathered at the company's corporate office to demand clarity from the management on the interim funding and clearance of salaries.

    Jet Airways pilots body, the National Aviator's Guild (NAG), Monday appealed the State Bank of India (SBI) to release Rs 1,500 crore, which was proposed to be infused in the ailing carrier as part of a debt-restructuring plan last month.
    The airline is operating just 6-7 planes, with almost its entire fleet being grounded due to non-payment of rentals to lessors amid severe paucity of cash.
    "We would like to appeal SBI to release Rs 1,500 crore funds for the airline to help it continue operations. We also appeal Prime Minister Narendra Modi to save 20,000 odd jobs at the airline," NAG vice-president Adim Valiani told reporters at the airline's headquarter, Siroya Centre, in Mumbai on Monday.
    Earlier, the airline's pilots, engineers and cabin crew members assembled at the headquarters to show their solidarity.
    The airline's pilots along with engineers and senior staff were last paid for December, 2018. This apart, the airline has also defaulted on the March salary of other categories of employees as well.
    Last month, an SBI-led consortium of lenders had taken management control of the airline post a debt-recast deal, following which the lenders had proposed to infuse as much as Rs 1,500 crore to the carrier to keep it afloat till the time it gets an investor.
    The Monday meeting with lenders is reportedly expected to take a final decision on the quantum of funds to be infused immediately to avert a possible shut down. A meeting between the airline management and its major lender SBI last Friday could not take a decision on the fund infusion issue.
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