It has only extended the deadline not the plan. The plan to divest Air India is still on. The government extended the deadline for submitting bids for buying 100 per cent in Air India till April 30 from the current deadline of March 17, which was looking impractical in the current market conditions. DIPAM has underlined that the changes were in view of the requests received from interested bidders and the situation arising out of COVID-19. In January, the government restarted the divestment process of Air India and invited bids to sell 100% in the state-owned airline. This also included Air India's 100% shareholding in AI Express and 50% in Air India SATS Airport Services. After its unsuccessful bid to sell Air India in 2018, the government this time decided to offload its entire stake. In 2018, the government had offered to sell 76% in the airline, which bidders were not interested in. This time around, the good news is that the bidder will have to take only Rs.23,286 crore of debt compared to Rs.60,074 crore of overall debt.