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BEL, HAL and PFC get `Navratna'' status news
23 June 2007

Mumbai: The government has conferred Navratna status on three PSUs – Bharat Electronics Ltd, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and Power Finance Corporation – giving them more freedom in financial and administrative matters.

With the addition of three more companies, the navratna list has now expanded to 12 public sector units.

Speaking on the occasion of conferment of the coveted status on the three companies, finance minister P Chidambaram emphasised the government''s commitment to strengthen public sector enterprises by giving them more autonomy.

He asked unlisted public sector companies to list on stock exchanges to unlock their true value.

These three PSUs will now be able to forge joint ventures both in India and abroad, which can be up to 15 per cent of their networth or Rs1,000 crore, whichever is lower, without taking prior permission of the administrative ministry.

The boards of these companies will also have the power to decide on merger and acquisitions.

Heavy industries minister Santosh Mohan Deb said four more PSUs – National Aluminium Company, National Mineral Development Corp, Power Grid Corp and Rural Electrification Corp – would also be given Navratna status as soon as they fill all the vacancies for independent directors.

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BEL, HAL and PFC get `Navratna'' status