Rs 1.75-trn disinvestment target on track: CEA Krishnamurthy Subramanian

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Krishnamurthy Subramanian says every rupee spent by governments on freebees would contribute only `0.98 to the country’s economy as against `4.50 when used on capital expenditure

Hyderabad: Chief Economic AdvisorKrishnamurthy Subramaniansaid that the target of mopping up Rs 1.75 lakh crore from disinvestments in some of the public-sector companies including LIC and BPCL during the current fiscal, is on track and the government is preparing the groundwork for the goal.

On the Covid-19 pandemic, Subramanian said the impact of the second wave was lesser than that of the first one. In an interactive session, organised by Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTCCI) here on Monday, the CEA said: "Robust GST collections, over Rs one lakh crore per month for eight months in a row shows that consumption is picking up indicating positive signal for growth. There has to be a lot of work, which is going on and this year there is actually a lot of emphasis on achieving these targets. Remember that Rs 1.75 lakh crore, a good part of it will be from LIC's IPO (Initial Public Offering).Second is Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) privatisation. And these two together itself can account for a large part of (disinvestment target)."

Earlier in his speech, he said every rupee spent by governments on freebees would contribute only Rs 0.98 to the country's economy against Rs 4.50 when used on capital expenditure.

The Centre budgeted Rs 1.75 lakh crore from stake sale in public-sector companies and financial institutions, including 2 PSU banks and one insurance company, in the current fiscal year. The disinvestment plan includes strategic sale of IDBI Bank, BPCL, Shipping Corp, Container Corporation, Neelachal Ispat Nigam Ltd, among others, and also legislative amendments required for LIC IPO would be brought in 2021-22, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said in her budget speech.

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