In a letter sent to ONGC last week, the government did not state how much of ONGC Videsh stake should be offered to outside investors.
The government has asked its biggest state-owned firm Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd (ONGC) to list its overseas unit ONGC Videsh Ltd, according to a letter seen by Reuters. The move to float the unit which has investments in 11 producing assets in countries including Russia, Brazil and Iran is part of a government push to sell state-assets to raise funds.
A listing would also help unlock value in the unit by improving its corporate governance and efficiency, the letter from the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management to ONGC said. The letter, sent last week, did not state how much of ONGC should be offered to outside investors.The letter said any state-owned firm with a positive net worth and no accumulated loss should be listed to unlock value. The listing would help the government meet its divestment targets and make up for a failed plan earlier this year to sell a stake in Air India.(Source : Mint).