Govt eyes additional Rs 7,000 cr dividend payout in 2011-12
In addition, the government expects to rake in Rs 1,500 crore through Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT) in the current fiscal.
"(We are) looking at garnering Rs 7,000 crore higher dividend payment by PSU companies and Rs 1,500 crore as dividend tax distribution tax (DDT)", a senior Finance Ministry official said here.
Senior officials of the Finance Ministry led by Secretary of Economic Affairs (DEA) R Gopalan have held a series of consultations with the heads of state-owned enterprises, including PSU banks, to persuade them to raise the dividend payout to the government.
During 2010-11, the government collected Rs 25,978 crore as dividend from public sector enterprises. The target for the current fiscal was pegged at Rs 23,495 crore.
The government has been facing financial problems on account of its rising subsidy bill and poor receipt from disinvestment and the fiscal deficit for 2011-12 is expected to exceed the budget target of 4.6 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Disinvestment in PSUs has yielded only about Rs 1,145 crore this year through the sale of equity in Power Finance Corporation (PFC), as against the target of Rs 40,000 crore for 2011-12.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has informed Parliament that the subsidy bill for FY'12 is likely to exceed the Budget estimate by Rs 1 lakh crore.