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Sitharaman reviews CAPEX of 23 CPSEs to boost expenditure in the economy

By IndianMandarins- 08 Jul 2020
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With Rs 1,65,510 crore as CAPEX target for 2020-21 Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman, on Tuesday, interacted (via VC) with Secretaries of Ministries of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Power, Coal, Mines, Atomic Energy and with the CMDs of 23 CPSEs under these Ministries. The meeting was part of the series of meetings that the Finance Minister is having with various stakeholders to accelerate the economic growth.

In FY 2019-20, against the CAPEX target of Rs.1,64,822 crore for the 23 CPSEs, the achievement was Rs.1,66,029 crore i.e. 101%. Q1 (FY 2019-20) achievement was Rs.26,320 crore (16%) and achievement of Q1 (FY 2020-21) is Rs.20,202 crore (12%). CAPEX target for 2020-21 is Rs 1,65,510 crore.

While reviewing the performance of CPSEs, Sitharaman said that CPSEs have a very important role in giving a push to the growth of the Indian economy. She encouraged the CPSEs to perform better to achieve targets and to ensure that the capital outlay provided to them for the year 2020-21 is spent properly and within time. She said that better performance of CPSEs can help the economy in a big way to recover from the impact of Covid 19.

Sitharaman asked the Secretaries to closely monitor the performance of CPSEs in order to ensure capital expenditure to the tune of 50% of capital outlay by Q2 2020-21 and make plan for it. She stated that unresolved issues should be flagged immediately to the DEA/DPE for an immediate solution.

The Ministries/ CPSEs discussed constraints being faced by them due to COVID 19 like problems of availability of manpower, delay in imports, delay in payments by DISCOMs on the dues of CPSEs like NPCIL and NLC. Sitharaman stated that extraordinary situation requires extraordinary efforts and with collective efforts, we will not only perform better but also help the Indian economy to achieve better results.

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