this issue," the official statement said.
The Hindustan Copper issue is crucial for government as it sets the tone for the government's disinvestment programme of Rs 30,000 crore which it aims to complete in less than five months of the current financial year.
The disinvestment process is important for the government to meet its 5.3 per cent fiscal deficit target, particularly in the face of growing trade deficits.
Chidambaram said, "We will go forward with the disinvestment processes as approved by the CCEA between now and March...I hope that we can collect the targeted Rs 30,000 crore."
Khan said disinvestment of 10 per cent stake in NMDC is likely to take place in first half of the next month.
"NMDC disinvestment should be in the first fortnight of December...They have estimated about Rs 7,000 crore. Let's see," Khan told reporters.
The government has listed out a number of state-run firms for the disinvestment process for the current fiscal which includes NMDC, OIL India, Nalco, NTPC and a clutch of others.