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Economic Survey 2018: Govt to complete Air India sale by next fiscal

The government had realised Rs 462.47 billion in 2016-17 from 16 transactions of disinvestment

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian with Sanjiv Sanyal  during a Press Conference on Economic Survey 2017-18 in New Delhi. Photo: Dalip Kumar
Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian with Sanjiv Sanyal during a Press Conference on Economic Survey
2017-18  in New Delhi. Photo: Dalip Kumar

The Economic Survey on Monday suggested that the government should complete Air India disinvestment within the next financial year.

The agenda for 2018-19, as suggested by the Survey, includes stabilising GST, completing the TBS (twin balance sheet) actions, privatising Air India, and staving off threats to macro-economic stability.

The government had realised Rs 462.47 billion in 2016-17 from 16 transactions of disinvestment.

The target for current fiscal was set at Rs 725 billion, which included Rs 465 billion to be raised through minority stake sale in PSUs, Rs 150 billion from strategic stake sale and Rs 110 billion from listing of general insurance companies.

Between April-November, 2017, the government had already raised Rs 523.78 billion through PSU disinvestment. Further, with NMDC share sale and ONGC-HPCL deal coming through, the disinvestment proceeds in current fiscal is estimated to cross Rs 900 billion.

"This realisation generates optimism regarding disinvestment proceeds in relation to the ambitious budgetary targets," the Survey, authored by Chief Economic Advisor said.

In June last year, the government gave in-principle nod for strategic disinvestment of Air India. The government is working on the modalities for the stake sale. The carrier, which has a debt burden of more than Rs 500 billion, managed to clock operational profit for the first time in a decade in 2015-16.

First Published: Mon, January 29 2018. 23:12 IST
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