CCEA may consider govt’s stake cut in some PSUs to below 51% next week



The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) is next week anticipated to take up a proposal to cut back the federal government’s stake in numerous state-owned firms below 51 per cent. This transfer is totally different from privatisation because the Centre will proceed to maintain a majority stake in these firms and they’ll nonetheless be labeled as public sector enterprises.


These firms are these in which the Centre already has a stake below 60 per cent, and will embrace Indian Oil (present authorities stake of 51.5 per cent), NTPC Ltd (54.50 per cent), Bharat Electronics (58.83 per cent), BEML (54.03 per cent), Engineers India (52 per cent), GAIL India (52.66 per cent), and National Aluminum Co (52 per cent).



The stake in these firms can be pared by provides on the market (OFS) on the exchanges.


Ahead of the proposal being taken to the CCEA, a gaggle of secretaries is predicted to meet on Friday to finalise the Cabinet observe.


“The authorities is contemplating, in case the place the enterprise continues to be to be retained in authorities management, to go below 51 per cent to an acceptable stage on case to case foundation. The authorities has additionally determined to modify the current coverage of retaining 51 per cent


authorities stake to retaining 51 per cent stake inclusive of the stake of government-controlled establishments,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had stated in her 2019-20 Budget speech on July 5.


For instance, ONGC holds a 14 per cent stake, Oil India holds a 5.16 per cent stake, and LIC holds a 6.5 per cent stake in Indian Oil. Even if the Centre reduces its stake in Indian Oil to 30 per cent, the mixed stake of the federal government and these PSUs in Indian Oil will nonetheless be above 55 per cent.


The Finance Ministry’s Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) is confronted with its steepest yearly divestment goal but, tasked with accruing ~1.05 trillion for 2019-20, and these stake gross sales are anticipated to go some manner in assembly that focus on.


However, the majority of the proceeds will come from the deliberate privatisation of Bharat Petroleum, Air India, Container Corp, Shipping Corp, NEEPCO and THDC India, monetisation of land and different property of PSUs, and follow-on choices of the Centre’s two exchange-traded funds.

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