30 AUG,2021 | MEDC
The Finance Minister recently announced the National Monetization Pipeline (NMP). It listed out which of the publicly-owned infrastructure assets will be leased out to the private sector. The government has further clarified that this is not just about generating revenue, but also about the efficient management and stewardship of public infrastructure. The intention is noble and the objective is good, but the ultimate success of this idea will lie in the quality of its execution. The NMP attempts to provide visibility to investors but for it to succeed, a transparent, remunerative and attractive proposition needs to be put forth to stakeholders. If some fundamental issues (especially pertaining to the valuation of individual assets) are sorted out, the scheme has potential. Structuring the offer in a win-win framework, and implementing it decisively, are the keys to its success.
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