Oil Ministry’s proposal for an across-the-board near doubling of natural gas prices has been rejected by the Cabinet Secretariat saying a ministerial panel headed by Defence Minister AK Antony did not have powers to do so.
The Ministry had sent a draft proposal for the consideration of the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) to price all domestically produced natural gas — be of state-run ONGC or private sector Reliance Industries – as per the formula suggested by the Rangarajan Committee.
The Cabinet Secretariat returned proposal saying that the new pricing formula, which would have led to prices going up from current $4.2 per million British thermal unit to about $8, was not covered under the EGoM’s terms of reference. >> Read More
06 January 2013 - 18:26 pm
The Reserve Bank should give preference to the non-corporate sector for new bank licences, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council ChairmanC Rangarajan said.
“It is possible for the Reserve Bank to start with initially non-corporate business and find out whether there are suitable applicants and thereafter proceed to look at the other applicants,” he said in an interview.
The RBI is in the process of finalising the guidelines for giving new bank licences after Parliament approved Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill last month.
The central bank, Rangarajan said, “should look at various types of financial institutions that are available currently and decide”.
“…. many of the strong private sector banks today have been at one time or other in the financial system. They can look at it first and look at the other later on,” he said. >> Read More
20 November 2012 - 17:18 pm
The Oil Ministry has withdrawn a note it had circulated to the members of a ministerial panel opposing hike in price of gas produced by Reliance Industries, as the Rangarajan Committee is examining pricing of the fuel.
In a surprise move, the Ministry had on October 10 moved a note to the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) opposing a hike in price of RIL’s KG-D6 gas before April 2014 even though the company itself was not seeking a revision before that date.
“Yes, the note to EGoM has been withdrawn,” a top ministry official said.
This was done in view of panel headed by Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council Chairman C Rangarajan being asked to suggest “structure and elements of the guidelines for determining the basis or formula for the price of domestically produced gas, and for monitoring actual price fixation.” >> Read More
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