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FinMin gets bigger as DPE comes under its fold

he merger of Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) will help in monitoring of the capital expenditure, asset monetisation, financial health of the CPSEs

FinMin gets bigger as DPE comes under its fold

FinMin gets bigger as DPE comes under its fold

The government has merged the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) with the Finance Ministry to give it a better control over State-owned firms and facilitate its ambitious privatisation programme. Finance Ministry will now have six departments while DPE's hereto parent ministry, the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises will now be called the Ministry of Heavy Industries.

Previously, the Disinvestment Ministry - created under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government - was merged with the Finance Ministry and is now a department under it. Also, Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) was abolished and administration of foreign investments was given to the Finance Ministry (FinMin). The shift of DPE to the Finance Ministry will help in efficient monitoring of the capital expenditure, asset monetisation and financial health of the Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).

"Ministry of Finance (Vitta Mantralaya), after the sub-heading (v) Department of Financial Services (Vittiya Sewayen Vibhag), following sub-heading shall be inserted, namely:- (vi) Department of Public Enterprises (Lok Udyam Vibhag)" as per the Cabinet Secretariat notification dated July 6, 2021. The rejig comes ahead of Cabinet expansion slated later in the day. The gazette notification issued said these rules may be called the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Three Hundred and Sixty First Amendment Rules, 2021. "They shall come into force at once," the notification said.

Presently, the Finance Ministry has five departments - Economic Affairs, Revenue, Expenditure, Investment and Public Asset Management and Financial Services. With the addition, this will be the sixth department under the Finance Ministry. Giving details of the functions performed by the DPE, the notification said coordination of matters of general policy affecting all Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs), evaluation and monitoring the performance of PSEs, including the memorandum of understanding mechanism, review of capital projects and expenditure in CPSEs.

Besides, the DPE frames measures aimed at improving performance of CPSEs and other capacity building initiatives of PSEs, rendering advice relating to revival, restructuring or closure of PSEs including the mechanisms, counselling, training and rehabilitation of employees in CPSEs under voluntary retirement scheme and categorisation of CPSEs including conferring 'Ratna' status, among others.

The Heavy Industries Ministry will continue to be the administrative ministry related primarily to the capital goods sector. As many as 44 CPSEs including Maruti Udyog Limited, BHEL, Cement Corporation, Scooters India, HMT and various other subsidiaries would be under the Ministry of Heavy Industries. Many companies under the ministry are sick and up for sale under the disinvestment programme of the government.FinMin,

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