Nitin Gadkari out, Amit Shah to lead ministers on Air India sale
Home Minister Amit Shah will head a reconstituted group of ministers
(GoM) on Air India disinvestment. Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has
been dropped from the panel.
The panel, which is to work out the modalities for sale of Air India,
will now have four ministers, Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman, Commerce and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Civil
Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.To get more business news today,
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When the panel, named Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism (AISAM),
was first constituted in June 2017, it had five members and was headed
by then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
According to sources, the GoM was reconstituted after the Modi 2.0
government came to power and now this group of ministers will work the
modalities of disinvestment.
Earlier, the government had invited bids from investors in 2018 to buy
out the government's 76 per cent stake in Air India along with
management control. However, the process failed as investors did not put
in their bids.Following that a transaction advisor prepared a report
citing the probable reasons that led to failure of the sale process.
The reasons of bid failures cited include the government retaining 24
per cent stake and corresponding rights, high debt, volatile crude oil
prices, fluctuations in exchange rate, changes in macro environment and
restriction on bidding by individuals.
Now, the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM)
has already prepared a fresh proposal for Air India sale, incorporating
issues like crude oil prices and exchange rate volatility, and other
issues flagged by EY last year.
The government, sources said, could this time sell its entire 100 per
cent stake in Air India as it aims to conclude the sale process by