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    Air India, Bharat Petroleum Corporation to be sold by March: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

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    • Sitharaman said there is a “lot of interest” among investors as evident in international road shows ahead of the sale of Air India
    • The sale of the two state-run companies is a crucial part of the government’s plan to raise over Rs 1 lakh crore in the current fiscal year
    Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. (PTI)
    (This story originally appeared in on Nov 17, 2019)
    NEW DELHI: The government is looking to wrap up the sale of state-run airline Air India and oil refiner and marketer Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) by March, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Saturday.

    “We are moving on both with the expectation that we can complete them this year. The ground realities will play out,”she told TOI in an interview, while referring to the strategic sale of the two state-run companies, a crucial part of the government’s plan to raise over Rs 1 lakh crore in the current fiscal year.

    Sitharaman said there is a “lot of interest” among investors as evident in international road shows ahead of the sale of Air India. A year ago, the loss-making airline’s sale had to be aborted due to tepid response from investors. The government is banking on receipts from disinvestment – comprising strategic sale and public offers – to shore up revenues in a year when tax collections are under pressure.

    The minister also said the government took measures to reverse the economic slowdown at the right time and several sectors are coming out of distress. The finance minister also said industry captains had helped improve their balance sheet and many of them were planning fresh investments.

    The FM, however, said she expected GST collections to revive on the back of an improvement in sales in some segments as also due to recent efforts to plug leakages. Sitharaman also said the Supreme Court judgement on Essar Steel had established constitutionality and legal strength of the IBC law and would have a huge impact on the balance sheets of banks in the next quarter.

    She said there were signs of a revival in consumer sentiment, which was manifested in demand of nearly Rs 1.8 lakh crore in loans from banks at the outreach programme during the festival season.

    “If consumer confidence is not on way to being restored, why would you think that such an amount would have gone out as loans during the two outreach programmes started by banks? And, it it is all over the country,” said Sitharaman.
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    48 Comments on this Story

    ss342 days ago
    Madame it is our property not yours
    Asis Banerjee344 days ago
    1) Its not the credit off-take (all sectors combined), the rate of its growth is important,2) Electricity consumption must show a positive growth, 3) Consumption level should be demonstrably slightly higher (later it will pick-up), 4) Show little or no respect for Fisc Discipline - while interest rate can be put down by RBI, 5) Don''t attempt to make money at first "GO" for divestment of 3 firms - money can be on a deferred payment basis -- These are the main five items to be considered by FunMin. A slippage will be be Dangerous for our economy...
    Srinivasan Vedantam345 days ago
    Yes. what next Treasury and PARLIAMENT for sale?? Indeed all government lands building ports railways space satellites can be sold. Let us be servants in our holy land and rule in exile.
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