Disinvestment: Finally some light at the end of tunnel
It said divestment was nothing but mere "financial engineering" and that the government tried to "shift money from one pocket to the other".
The state-run LIC and financial institutions had to come in for the rescue at the last moment, which helped the high profile issues of ONGC and Hindustan Copper (HCL) to barely scrape through.
In the 2012-13 Budget, the government had planned to raise Rs 30,000 crore through disinvestment in PSU. This was lower than Rs 40,000 crore envisaged in 2011-12.
While the government had managed to raise about Rs 14,000 crore in 2011-12 fiscal, so far in the current fiscal it has managed to raise over Rs 6,900 crore.
Paving the way for further stake sale, the government has already identified a host of companies for disinvestment, including Hindustan Aeronautics and Rashtriya Chemical.
With only about three months left for the current financial year, the government will have to work overtime to achieve the Rs 30,000 crore disinvestment target.