FY23 disinvestment receipts pegged at Rs 65K Cr; receipts for current year cut to Rs 78K Cr.

The government’s receipt from disinvestment proceeds in the next financial year beginning April has been pegged at Rs 65,000 crore, lower than the current year’s estimated mobilization of Rs 78,000 crore. With budgeted disinvestment targets rarely met, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s fourth Budget drastically reduced the receipts to an achievable Rs 78,000 crore in the current fiscal, from Rs 1.75 lakh crore budgeted earlier.

So far, the government has mopped up Rs 12,030 crore from PSU disinvestment and strategic sale. This includes Rs 2,700 crore from Air India privatization and another Rs 9,330 crore through minority stake sale in various Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).

In the current fiscal, the big-ticket disinvestment of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) is in the works, besides the strategic sale of BPCL, Shipping Corp, Container Corp, RINL, and Pawan Hans.

The government has missed the disinvestment target for three consecutive years.

In 2020-21, as against the budgeted disinvestment target of Rs 2.10 lakh crore, the government had mopped up Rs 37,897 crore.

In 2019-20, the disinvestment receipts stood at Rs 50,298 crore, lower than the Revised Estimates of Rs 65,000 crore and Budget estimate of Rs 1.05 lakh crore.

In 2018-19 and 2017-18 fiscal, the government had exceeded the disinvestment target set in the budget. In 2018-19, the disinvestment mop-up stood at Rs 84,972 crore, as against the Budget target of Rs 80,000 crore.

In 2017-18, it bettered the target of Rs 1 lakh crore and raised a record Rs 1,00,056 crore.

In 2016-17, the government had missed the budgeted disinvestment target. While the Budget had pegged a target at Rs 56,500 crore, the government was able to mop up Rs 46,247 crore.

In 2015-16, the government had realized Rs 23,996 crore from CPSE disinvestment, lower than the Budget target of Rs 69,500 crore.


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