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India: FinMin discards sovereign wealth fund proposal

Posted on 08 March 2013

The finance ministry has scrapped a proposal to set up a sovereign wealth fund (SWF) because there was “no need for it”, at least for now. The ministry said the domestic markets have enough depth for the government to borrow funds to finance the fiscal deficit, and companies can tap external markets for borrowings.
“At the moment, we are not planning an SWF. We don’t think there is a need for it,” Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram told Business Standard. There was never a plan to set up an SWF, he said. “There were discussions. Plan means we decided and shelved it.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source


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