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The Airport Authority Employees Union (AAEU) has strongly protested against the high speed process of files by the government for privatising the six major profitable airports, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Lucknow and Jaipur. These are proposed to be given to the private companies on lease for 30 Years. The AAI has spent Rs. 5,000 crore on modification of the Kolkata and Chennai airports alone recently. The other airports have also been modernised. After spending all these PSU money, the government wants to hand over them to the private companies to corner the profits. It is a shame for the government. The UPA government is shameless in such open gifts to the private companies. In the last phase of the government, when the election has already been announced, it is a clear violation of the election code. It is understood that the Planning Commission is pressing for early privatisation. If all the profitable airports are privatised, then there will be only loss-making airports with AAI. This is what the government also wants. Many PSUs have been made non-profitable by the government like this to suit their private bosses.