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This article has been authored by Shruti Srivastava, a first-year law student at National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam.


The exchange of possession, property or business from the public authority to the private authority is called privatization. Once the exchange is complete the public authority stops being the proprietor or the owner of the business.

The process in which a publicly-traded company is taken over by a couple of individuals is also called privatization. The stock of this company is no more traded in the stock market and the overall population is banned from holding stakes in such a company. The company surrenders the name 'limited' and begins using 'private limited' as its last nam


Disinvestment in PSUs ( Public Sector Undertakings)

Following the ideas of Infrastructure-based development and Economic Liberalism as referred to in the Union Budget of India, the all-out expenditure of the Government of India expanded from ₹1,13,422 crore in 1991–92 to ₹ 21,46,735 Crore in 2017–18. To help raise the important capital for these uses and to limit the country's monetary shortage, the Government of India began stripping its stake in the country's Public sector undertakings. Surrendering to the requests of privatization, the Government of India gradually started stripping itself from PSU's notwithstanding any protest from the opposition (that was the worker's organizations).

Significant disinvestment steps were taken in the past by the BJP-drove NDA government somewhere between 1999 and 2004. BJP made vital disinvestments in Bharat Aluminum Company (BALCO), Hindustan Zinc (both to Sterlite Industries), Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited (to Reliance Industries), and VSNL (to the Tata bunch). While the history and fate of these organizations were good, they have all thrived under the private area organizations that they were offered to.

From the monetary year 1991-92 to 2017-18, the Government of India sold public resources adding up to ₹3,47,439 Crore. As of late, certain public sector undertakings performed sensibly well and delivered critical profits to the government, though other PSU's, for example, Air India, BSNL, and MTNL made gigantic misfortunes, costing the citizen huge measures of money. Net Profit of each of the 257 working CPSEs (Central Public Sector Enterprises) during 2016-17 remained at ₹ 1,27,602 crore contrasted with ₹ 1,14,239 crore during 2015-16 showing the development of 11.70%, while Loss of loss bringing CPSEs limited to ₹ 25,045 crores in 2016-17 contrasted with ₹ 30,759 crores in 2015-16 showing a deficit by 18.58%.

On 17 May 2020, as a feature of a package, Finance head Nirmala Sitharaman declared that the public authority will privatize all Public sector undertakings in non-vital areas. She additionally expressed that in essential areas, the number of PSUs will be restricted to 4. In essential areas with more than 4 PSU's, the public authority will privatize, combine or solidify the PSUs under holding organizations to lessen inefficient regulatory expenses. Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman expressed that there is a requirement for a lucid strategy where all sectors are available for private participation while PSUs assume a significant part in defined areas. Relying on what Mrs. Sitharaman said, we can expect privatization in other sectors as well. Privatization will help the Indian economy to prosper and will also make it more reliable. It will improve the product quality and also reduce the debt that has to be paid by the government. So it can be said that all this will have a positive impact on the Indian economy.

Privatisation of Banking Sector: Pros and Cons


1) Most private banks are productive, to a major degree. A great deal of PSU are making benefits and the public authority is imagining that the privatization of PSU banks, may change them from misfortune-making units to productive self-practical units.

2) It is tracked down that the Private sector banks are more developed than Public sector Banks. They are likewise known for their operational proficiency. One of the significant processes private banks accomplish this is because of their profit-making ability. This makes them more serious and better competitors hence allowing them to get more clients. A private firm also has pressure from investors to perform productively.

3) Privatization will likewise assist with diminishing the burden of the Government of India. This is because private banks are stricter towards advances and cheats. It is alarming to see PNB being swindled of $1.8 billion by a couple of junior-level bank authorities. Fakes of such scale don't happen in private banks like Citibank and so forth.

4) The foreign investors like to put resources into private area banks instead of public sector banks.

5) At the point when confronted with issues, governments make choices depending on what might yield the best results in the following political race. Public banks are additionally continually tormented for political thought processes. Privatization will permit these banks to focus on their long-term objectives with diminished government impedance.


1) This will antagonistically affect the more unfortunate people of society. This is because private banks will presently don't work for the social advantages of poor people. It will likewise clear out the USPs of the public banks which is trust in the public authority.

2) Public banks open branches, ATMs, banking offices, and so on even in the non-beneficial provincial zones of India or the more unfortunate sides where the chance of getting enormous stores or bringing in cash is less because of the public authority or political requests. In any case, Private banks are not slanted to do as such and they may lean towards opening such offices for the most part in megacities or metropolitan territories.

3) This is likewise treacherous and will make added issues for representatives who have explicitly strived to get government occupations. Privatization may likewise present variable pay. This choice will probably bring about frenzy and fights all over the nation.

4) Tragically, the public sector banks have been appeared in an awful light in the past because of the awful credits and rising NPA's. This resembles to influence the government's capacity to raise assets through their deal.

So, after all this it can be concretely said that the pros of privatization overweigh the cons.

Result of Privatisation of Banking Sector in other Countries

The examinations reviewed by Clarke, Cull, and Shirley (2005) likewise find that bank privatization has a more prominent beneficial outcome when it is all out or done completely, as opposed to partial. This outcome has been found in the nations as in Brazil and Nigeria. Moreover, there is proof that privatization supports competition in the financial area.

Consequently, proof recommends that the situation improves more when the public authority completely surrenders control; when banks are privatized to key financial backers as opposed to through share issues; and when the offering is available to all, including foreign banks. A later paper by Clarke, Cull, and Fuchs (2009), which analyzes the privatization of Uganda Commercial Bank (UCB) toward the South African bank Stanbic, shows that these components of best practice also apply when the financial area is concentrated and immature. We can never predict the story of India’s privatization by looking at other countries, but we can surely have a bigger picture about privatization by learning from other countries achievements and mistakes.


Albeit the banks being public or private play out similar roles, because of their aims and time of presence, clients notice huge contrasts relying upon the banks they pick. Private banks showed up after some time in the Indian financial area because of the changes presented in 1991. This is one reason why individuals discover public banks secure as they have been around longer empowering them. This has also developed people's interest in the public sector bank. Additionally, the certainty that the public authority won't allow a public bank to fail also adds to this security. Private banks compensate for these security worries through their innovative progressions and predominant client support.

Coming down to the conclusion we realize that the benefits of private banks exceed the weaknesses. Also, the way that public banks have been a hazard in the new past, privatization would check the beginning of turning the financial area around. This doesn't imply that the public authority should sell its offer and wash its hands off the area. It is vital to consider that privatization alone would not take care of the entirety of the issues.

Glancing back at past disappointments it is additionally significant that the public authority presents satisfactory administration among different measures to guarantee that banks don't enter their earlier state. Hence privatization could yield results if done carefully and substantially. Though nothing concrete can be said about the situation. But few things that can be kept in mind while opting for privatization: 1) all the sectors should not be privatized in one go. 2) Once privatization is done, people who have lost their jobs should be given enough compensation and opportunities to start their career from scratch. 3) The government should keep an eye on the firm, even after privatization. This will make sure that the firm doesn’t hurt the interest of the society.

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