New Delhi: Covid-19 pandemic has pulled down capital expenditure of 14 CPSUs belonging to ministries of petroleum & natural gas and coal. The Capex in H1 of 2020-21 is Rs. 37,423 crore (32%) as against Rs. 43,097 crore (39%) achieved in H1 of 2019-20.

The CAPEX target for 2020-21 is Rs. 1,15,934 crore.

Union minister for finance Nirmala Sitharaman Monday held video conference with secretaries of the ministries of petroleum & natural gas and Coal, along with the CMDs of 14 CPSEs belonging to these ministries, to review the capital expenditure (CAPEX) in this financial year. This was 4th in the ongoing series of meetings that the Finance Minister is having with various stakeholders to accelerate the economic growth in the background of COVID–19 pandemic.

In FY 2019-20, against the CAPEX target of Rs. 1,11,672 crore for these 14 CPSEs, the achievement was Rs. 1,16,323 crore i.e. 104%.

While reviewing the performance of CPSEs, Sitharaman said that CAPEX by CPSEs is a critical driver of economic growth and need to be scaled up for the FYs 2020-21 & 2021-22. The finance minister asked the concerned secretaries to closely monitor the performance of CPSEs in order to ensure the capital expenditure to the tune of 75% of the capital outlay by the end of Q3 of FY 2020-21 and make appropriate plan for it. Sitharaman expounded that more co-ordinated efforts are required at the levels of secretary of concerned ministries and CMDs of CPSEs to achieve CAPEX targets.

While mentioning the significant role of CPSEs in giving a push to the growth of the Indian economy, the finance minister encouraged the CPSEs to perform better to achieve their targets and to ensure that the capital outlay for FY 2020-21 is spent properly and within time. Sitharaman said that better performance of CPSEs can help the economy in a big way to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

The CPSEs CAPEX review is carried out jointly by department of economic affairs and department of public enterprises.