Thursday, August 31, 2017

Govt to appoint transaction advisers for Air India disinvestment

New Delhi: The government has decided to appoint transaction advisers for Air India disinvestment, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today after a ministerial group met to discuss various aspects of the stake sale.

The group, headed by Jaitley, held deliberations for nearly an hour here.

"Today we discussed several issues. We have decided to appoint transaction advisers," he told reporters.
Apart from Jaitley, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Power Minister Piyush Goyal as well as senior officials were present at the meeting.

Air India's interim CMD Rajiv Bansal and senior officials from the airline as well as the civil aviation ministry were present.

"These decisions are to be taken expeditiously but in their normal course," Jaitley said earlier in the day in response to a query about the Air India stake sale process.
On June 28, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had given its in-principle for strategic disinvestment of Air India and five of its subsidiaries.

Subsequently, an Air India-specific Alternative Mechanism was set up to guide the process.
30/08/17 PTI/Zee News