35 CPSEs lined up for strategic sale

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Feb 2019 11:03:21


Business Bureau,

WITH 35 CPSEs and their units being lined up for a strategic sale, the Finance Ministry is planning to streamline processes to cut down the time for the outright sale of such state-owned companies. Taking a cue from the ongoing strategic sale of Pawan Hans, the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) is keen that the long-drawn sale process of CPSEs be simplified so that more than one company could be taken up for the sell-off simultaneously.

“We are going to correct the procedure (for strategic sale). It is a bit long and long winding, which was okay initially as everybody had to take a lot of precautions. Now also we will take precaution, but we understand how to go ahead. The process is very important to my mind for strategic disinvestment and that is going to be our endeavour (to simplify it),” DIPAM Secretary Atanu Chakraborty said.
NITI Aayog recently submitted to the DIPAM the fifth list of CPSEs, profitable as well as non-profitable, which can go in for a strategic sale. This takes the total number of CPSEs identified for strategic disinvestment to 35.

“The companies are more or less defined for strategic disinvestment. The fifth tranche has already come and we will take that to the Cabinet for approval. Having done that, there would be 35 companies that we have to sell,” he said. The companies which have been shortlisted for strategic sale include Air India, Air India subsidiary AIATSL, Dredging Corporation, BEML, Scooters India, Bharat Pumps Compressors, and Bhadrawati, Salem and Durgapur units of steel major SAIL. The other CPSEs for which approvals are in place for outright sale include Hindustan Fluorocarbon, Hindustan Newsprint, HLL Life Care, Central Electronics, Bridge & Roof India, Nagarnar Steel plant of NMDC and units of Cement Corporation of India and ITDC.

Chakraborty said the department will take up more than one CPSE at a time for strategic sale. “There is a lot of time that we will take for initial work and then finish off everything in a time-bound manner,” he said.