New Delhi: AAI Airport Authority Employees Union has called hunger strike from Monday against the government’s decision to develop six airports of India in Public-private partnership (PPP) model.

The Union Cabinet had approved a proposal to manage Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow and three other airports under public-private partnership (PPP). The three other aerodromes are those at Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram, and Mangaluru.

Following which protests were held across the country against the planned privatisation of the six airports.

Reacting sharply on the Centre’s decision, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan appealed to reconsider its decision to lease out six airports, including Thiruvananthapuram aerodrome, for operation, management, and development under the PPP.

However, the Union cabinet stated that it would increase efficiency and revenue and bring in more investments. But by keeping them in the public sector, the airports can be developed and also attract investments, Vijayan had said in a Facebook Post.

Alleging that the Centre was trying to fully privatise the civil aviation sector in phases, Vijayan had said this was against national interest and the government should withdraw from such a move, Vijayan had said.

The operation, management, and development of all these aerodromes, owned by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), would be done under PPP, an official tweet said.

This would be done through the Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC). The group would be headed by NITI Aayog CEO. Secretaries of the Civil Aviation Ministry, Department of Economic Affairs and the Department of Expenditure would be part of the group.

There are around 15,000-16,000 employees at the AAI. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) operates more than 100 aerodromes.