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Dil maange more: Sitharaman wants CPSEs to scale up their capex

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chaired a review meeting on capex of CPSEs with Secretaries of the Ministries of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Ministry of Coal, along with the CMDs of 14 CPSEs belonging to these Ministries to review the capital expenditure in this financial year

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New Delhi: Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman held a video conference with Secretaries of the Ministries of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Ministry of Coal, along with the CMDs of 14 CPSEs belonging to these Ministries, to review the capital expenditure (CAPEX) in this financial year on Monday. This was 4th in the ongoing series of meetings that the Finance Minister is having with various stakeholders to accelerate the economic growth in the background of the COVID–19 pandemic.

In FY 2019-20, against the CAPEX target of Rs 1,11,672 crore for these 14 CPSEs, the achievement was Rs 1,16,323 crore i.e. 104 percent. FY 2019-20, H1 achievement was Rs 43,097 crore (39 percent) and achievement of FY 2020-21, H1 is Rs 37,423 crore (32 percent). CAPEX target for 2020-21 is Rs 1,15,934 crore.

While reviewing the performance of CPSEs, Sitharaman said that CAPEX by CPSEs is a critical driver of economic growth and needs to be scaled up for the FYs 2020-21 and 2021-22. She asked the concerned Secretaries to closely monitor the performance of CPSEs in order to ensure the capital expenditure to the tune of 75 percent of the capital outlay by the end of the third quarter (Q3) of FY 2020-21 and make an appropriate plan for it. Sitharaman expounded that more co-ordinated efforts are required at the levels of Secretary of concerned Ministries and CMDs of CPSEs to achieve CAPEX targets.

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While mentioning the significant role of CPSEs in giving a push to the growth of the Indian economy, the Finance Minister encouraged the CPSEs to perform better to achieve their targets and to ensure that the capital outlay for FY 2020-21 is spent properly and within time Sitharaman said that better performance of CPSEs can help the economy in a big way to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

The CPSEs CAPEX review is carried out jointly by the Department of Economic Affairs and the Department of Public Enterprises.

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