New Delhi: The government has raised Rs 932 crore through disinvestment in PSUs during the current fiscal and is working towards achieving the Rs 30,000 crore target set for the year, Parliament was informed on Thursday.
"During the current financial year, government disinvested 10 percent of NBCC and 5.58 percent of Hindustan Copper (HCL) out of its shareholding and realised an amount of Rs 124.97 crore and Rs 807.02 crore respectively totalling to Rs 931.99 crore," Finance Minister P Chidambaram said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
Chidambaram said "the government is taking necessary action to achieve the budgetary target of Rs 30,000 crore set for the financial year 2012-13".
In reply to another question, the Minister said the fiscal deficit target for the current year "will be reassessed after mid-year review depending on the pace of expenditure and resource position of the government".
The fiscal deficit for the current financial year has been projected at over Rs 5.13 lakh crore or 5.1 percent of GDP. In the April-September period of 2012-13 fiscal, the deficit has touched 65.6 percent of the full year target.
Chidambaram had earlier said that the fiscal deficit could go up to 5.3 percent of the GDP in the current fiscal in view of rising subsidy outgo and subdued tax collection.
Last week, the government sold 5.58 percent stake in HCL for about Rs 808 crore at an average price of Rs 156.56 apiece, with bulk of the bids coming from LIC and PSU banks.
The government has already initiated the process of disinvestment of 10 percent of its stake in NMDC, 9.3 percent in MMTC and 9.5 percent in NTPC. Besides, the Cabinet has also okayed disinvestment of 12.1 percent in Nalco.