FM Nirmala Sitharaman launches National Monetization Pipeline

  • On Monday, the Union Finance Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman announced National Infrastructure Monetization Plan worth ₹6 lakh crores.

  • The monetization plan lists out all the infrastructural projects in the country that will be monetized in the next 4 years.

  • During the announcement of the Annual Budget 2021-22, the Government of India laid importance on the monetization of several infrastructural projects in the country to raise innovative and alternative financing for new infrastructure development.

  • "By bringing in private participation, we are going to monetize it (assets) better and with whatever resource that you obtained by monetization, you are able to put in for further investment into infrastructure building, " Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.

  • "We are fully committed to delivering success to the National Motenisation Pipeline. We feel that it is very important to bring in the private sector for better operation & maintenance, therefore we are committed to very strong delivery on the ground," Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said.

  • The government looks to divert all the money earned from asset monetization to the development of new infrastructure projects.

  • The government is likely to earn ₹1.6 lakh crores from the monetization of NHAI highways till FY2025. \

  • It is estimated that the government will earn around ₹1.5 lakh crores from the monetization of 400 stations and 150 trains.

  • The government also looks to monetize ₹67,000 crores worth transmission lines from Power Grid and ₹32,000 crores worth Hydro, Solar, and Wind projects from NHPC, NTPC, and Neyveli Lignite.

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