Economically hit, India comes out with Rs.6 lakh crore National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP). Passenger trains, stadiums, railway stations, airports in monetization packages.

NMP initiative received sceptically by industry experts but attempts to privatize public property by leasing for a fee is a welcome move

NMP initiative received sceptically by industry experts but attempts to privatise public property by leasing for a fee is a welcome move
NMP initiative received sceptically by industry experts but attempts to privatise public property by leasing for a fee is a welcome move

FM Sitharaman unveils Rs.6 lakh crore NMP scheme

With the country’s economy facing gloomy days, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday unveiled an Rs.6 lakh crore National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP) that included unlocking value by involving private companies across infrastructure sectors — from passenger trains and railway stations to airports, roads, and stadiums. Around 25 Airports Authority of India (AAI) airports, including the ones at Chennai, Bhopal, Varanasi, and Vadodara, as well as 40 railway stations, 15 railway stadiums and an unidentified number of railway colonies have been identified for getting private investments. Addressing a volley of questions about leasing out so much public property, the finance minister claimed that there will be safety clauses of taking back these assets after some time. But many economists feel this project is rather well-conceived, raising several objections from various quarters.

Under the plan, private companies can invest in projects for a fixed return using the InvIT route as well as operate and develop the assets for a certain period before transferring them back to the government agency. Some assets such as warehouses and stadiums can also be given on a long-term lease for operations. “The asset monetization pipeline takes the NIP (National Infrastructure Pipeline) to the next phase where you are looking at public-private partnership,” Sitharaman told media.

“So let there not be any confusion, ‘oh this government is selling away’. No. These are brownfield assets which will still be under government ownership,” the FM Sitharaman added.

Stating that there is no transfer of ownership of land, she said “the NMP talks about brownfield infra assets where investments have already been made, where there is a completed asset which is either languishing or which is remaining not fully monetized or which is remaining underutilized… So by bringing in private participation into this, you are going to be able to monetize it better, and with whatever resources you obtain through the monetization, you will be able to put in further investment into infrastructure,” she said.

The total indicative value of NMP for core assets of the Central government has been estimated at Rs.6 lakh crore over the four-year period FY22 to FY25. The estimated value corresponds to about 5.4 percent of the total infrastructure investment envisaged under the NIP which is Rs.111 lakh crore and 14 percent of the proposed outlay for the Centre (Rs.43 lakh crore). This pipeline of assets has been phased out over a four-year period starting FY 2022 up till FY 2025, she said.

“The infrastructure NMP is talking about brownfield assets which need to be better monetized. The ownership of those assets remains with the government and there will be a mandatory hand-back after a certain time,” she said. “So let there not be any confusion, ‘oh this government is selling away’. No. These are brownfield assets which will still be under government ownership,” the Minister added.

What is this NMP plan?

More than half of the monetization plan is from the roads and railways sector. The biggest chunk of Rs.1.6 lakh crore will come from monetizing 26,700-km of existing operation national highways and new roads. NHAI will take the InvIT (Infrastructure Investment Trust) route for monetizing some of these assets. As many as 400 railway stations, 90 passenger trains, 741-km Konkan Railways, and 15 railway stadiums and colonies are planned to be monetized for an estimated Rs.1.2 lakh crore.

Monetising 28,608 circuit kilometers of power transmission lines is estimated to generate Rs.45,200 crore and another Rs.39,832 crore will come from 6 GW of power generation assets. The telecom sector will give Rs.35,100 crore from monetizing 2.86 lakh km of BharatNet fiber and 14,917 signal towers of BSNL and MTNL. Close to Rs.29,000 crore, each is estimated from monetizing warehouses and coal mines.

Monetising 8,154 km of natural gas pipelines is estimated to give Rs.24,462 crore and 3,930-km product pipelines another Rs.22,504 crore. Airport monetization will fetch Rs.20,782 crore and ports another Rs.12,828 crore. Monetizing two national stadiums, including the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, and an equal number of regional centers (at Bengaluru and Zirakpur) is estimated to yield Rs.11,450 crore.

Redevelopment of seven residential colonies in Delhi, including ones at Sarojini Nagar and Nauroji Nagaras well as the development of residential/ commercial units on 240 acres of land in Ghitorni in Delhi has also been identified to garner Rs.15,000 crore.

Is this workable?

Many economists say that these so-called figures are created by the Babudom, and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (Read Political Leadership) was just reading out from the handouts prepared by the Civil Servants without application of mind. Some of these projects may lead to helping some friendly Corporates (like Adani was allowed to tender all the six airports and later acquire Mumbai Airport too by not fixing a ceiling) and ultimately to Crony Capitalism, they say, accusing Modi Government of bad optics in the country with an ailing economy.

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  1. Political party funding is OPAQUE & lopsided. 99.9% contribution is from the richest of the rich. We need to do away with this way.

    Re 1/- per month from 140 crore people will generate Rs 1680 crore per anum & Rs 8400 crore in 5 years (Lok Sabha / State Legislative assembly term) The collection need not be physical. It can be taken from GST collection because today there is no single individual who is not contributing to this GST. A very poor individual also contributes anywhere between Rs 2500/- to Rs 5000/- per anum (He uses soap, buys food, medicines, mobile phone, TV, chair, fan, bulbs, Atta(Wheat floor) and so on) Distribute to all parties equally. Set Pre-qualification criteria to ensure maximum talented individuals form groups & float parties. The show is not the physical numbers but ideology, ideas which each group can sell to the people, equally & equitably

    Political parties need not shout at each other. Let them debate what they offer to us, people. Criminals will get vanished from elections & political parties.

    • Why blame Babudom? Whom are we electing as our representatives. Constitution has vested power to elect MLA/MPs with us, the people. Why are we not doing it diligently. Isn’t it simple? Why are we, the best of minds getting carried away by the emotional arm-twisting of political party heads? Modi Hai to Mumkin Hai. Congress Mukt Bharat and bla bla bla.

      Isn’t it simple to understand the MP candidates who are in fray during General elections? What is his/her educational qualification? How he/she speaks? What was his/her career? Is he/she honest? Is he/she hard working? Is he/she honest with integrity?

      Contestants submit their AFFIDAVITS to Election Commission as a rule. But why can’t we insist the contestants to read out the Affidavits themselves in Public-view and answer questions from the public extempore, then and there? Why can’t we insist for debates amongst the candidates? If we elect a strong representative, we can be sure that he/she will not sell away our interests down the river, in spite of pressure from his/her party. He/she will be bold & stand up for us. Isn’t it the reason for which we are sending them there? If all our Ministers & Prime Minister are educated, honest with integrity, will Babus wag their tails? Our elected representatives, irrespective of whether they are part of Government or opposition, if are focused on guarding our interests in the House, the Babus will not wag their tails or their tails are simply cut off.

      Please don’t say – Oh this is ideology, not practical. It is what we are empowered to do – FRANCHISE. Let us limit ourselves to that. Let us not worry about who will be Minsiters, Prime Minister or which party?

      Mr. T. N. Seshan did the unthinkable. Please look at the electioneering before & after T. N. Seshan. We will be inspired & confident. Many people have a bad habit of looking out for a winning candidate of a winning party. What stupidity is this? Why should I feel bad if the candidate whom I voted loses? If I voted consciously, I did my job. If no candidate is worthwhile to get your vote, then NOTA. Isn’t this precisely what Gitacharya Sri Krishna told us to do?

      Tell me – If all or majority of the criminals are defeated in an election, will the political parties dare give tickets to criminals. They will simply kick them out & allow the LAW to book them.

      What will Babus’ ability to wreak havoc when our representatives are ABLE?


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