Economy

‘Disinvestment proposal for Scooters India with Cabinet’

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on May 10, 2011

The Heavy Industries Ministry on Tuesday said it has sent a proposal to the Cabinet regarding disinvestment of the government’s stake in the loss making auto maker Scooters India.

“There is an old proposal that we had forwarded to the Cabinet. Now it is up to them to decide,” Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Mr Praful Patel told reporters here.

Located near Lucknow, Scooters India Ltd (SIL) is an integrated automobile firm, engaged in designing, developing, producing and selling a range of conventional and non-conventional fuel driven 3-wheelers. It also used to make the Lambretta scooters until it stopped production due to losses.

The company is currently facing financial difficulties with a net loss of Rs 22.03 crore in 2009-10. The government, which holds 95.38 per cent as on December 31 last year, was considering a joint venture with the private sector or disinvestment of its stake for revival of SIL.

In fact, favouring an outright sale, Mr Patel had earlier said SIL could be considered for complete privatisation.

Earlier, the Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises had recommended reviving sick PSUs like Scooters India and Nepa Ltd, through disinvestment or joint venture.

Following this, three-wheeler maker Atul Auto had said it was interested in acquiring a “not-less-than 51 per cent stake” in Scooters India.

Apart from Atul Auto, there is speculation that other majors such as Bajaj Auto, Mahindra & Mahindra and Piaggio are also eyeing acquisition of a stake in the company.

Shares of Scooters India today closed up 4.86 per cent at Rs 36.65 on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Published on May 10, 2011
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