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Union Budget 2016: Government to encourage investments in public sector enterprises

IANS     February 29, 2016

The government would encourage the central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) to divest individual assets like land and manufacturing units to release their asset value for investing in new projects, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley here on Monday.

Jaitley, who was presenting the Union budget for 2016-17 in the Lok Saba, said, "We will encourage CPSEs to divest individual assets like land, manufacturing units to release their asset value for making investment in new projects."

Asserting that assets of the enterprises have to be leveraged for generating resources for investment in new projects, Jaitely told the lawmakers that a new policy for management of government investments and strategic sale has been approved.

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog will identify the enterprises for strategic sale.

The Ayog was set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 as the country's new policy think-tank in place of the erstwhile Planning Commission.

Declaring that the disinvestment department would be renamed the department of investment and public asset management (Dipam), the minister said a new approach would be adopted for efficient management of investments in the PSEs.

"We will also address issues such as capital restructuring, dividend, bonus shares, etc.," Jaitley affirmed in his 100-minute long speech.

 


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