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New Delhi : Cash-strapped Air India’s board met here on Friday, amid the government considering a financial package to help the carrier, sources said.

After the proposed strategic disinvestment of the airline failed to take off, the government is considering a proposal for equity infusion and possible loan waiver to improve its finances.

The meeting is also the first after induction of leading industrialists — ITC Chairman Y C Deveshwar and Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla — as independent directors on the airline’s board. Sources said Deveshwar attended the meeting but Birla did not turn up. Details about discussions at the board meeting could not be immediately ascertained.

The Civil Aviation Ministry is in discussions with the Finance Ministry for a Rs 11,000 crore bailout package for the ailing Air India. The bailout package that the ministry is working on would be utilised to reduce high-cost working capital loans.

As per reports, the ailing airline could seek a loan waiver. At the end of March 2017, the national carrier had a debt burden of over Rs 48,000 crore.

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