The central government has received about Rs 1203 crore in dividends in five tranches from five public sector companies. It included Rs 604 crore, Rs 450 crore, Rs 37, Rs 81 crore, and Rs 31 crore from SAIL, HUDCO, IREL, IRCTC, and Bhartiya Rail Bijlee Co Ltd respectively as dividend tranches.
The government on Friday extended the deadline for submission of preliminary bids to buy Shipping Corp of India to March 1.
In December, the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) had invited expressions of interest for strategic disinvestment of its entire stake of 63.75 per cent in Shipping Corp of India, along with the transfer of management.
The last date for submitting the bid was February 13.
The last date for submission of EoI has been extended to March 1, the DIPAM said in a notice.
“Last date and time (“EOI Due Date”) for EOI’s submission will be on 1 March till 5 pm,” DIPAM said in a statement. If EOI is submitted via mail then the due date for the hard copy will be March 15, the statement added.
The Cabinet had in November last year gave in-principle approval for strategic divestment of Shipping Corp and Container Corp of India Ltd. However, the plans were delayed due to the pandemic.
While presenting the budget Budget for 2021-22, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said, “A number of transactions namely Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd, Air India, Shipping Corp of India, Container Corp of India, IDBI Bank, BEML Ltd, Pawan Hans, Neelachal Ispat Nigam Ltd among others would be completed in 2021-22”.
Shipping Corp of India had posted over 55 per cent decline in its consolidated profit to Rs 131.57 crore for the third quarter of FY2020. The company had posted the same at Rs 295.24 crore during the corresponding quarter previous year.
Consolidated income of the firm too plunged to Rs 872.82 crore during the December quarter as compared to Rs 1,275.48 crore in the same period in 2019.
For 2021-22, the government has set a disinvestment target of Rs 1.75 lakh crore, over five times what it is aiming to raise in the current financial year. In the Revised Estimates, the target has been set at Rs 32,000 crore for current fiscal.