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Diversion of e-auction coal to power cos will affect others: Coal ministry

Around 10% of the total coal produced by state-owned Coal India is sold through e-auction. Under e-auction, coal is sold at spot market price

New Delhi: Amid the power sector facing fuel shortage, the coal ministry has opined that diversion of a portion of e-auction coal to power producers will affect the fuel supply to other sectors, including steel and cement, reports PTI.


This follows coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal stating that the government will divert coal under e-auction quota to power producers to meet the fuel crisis.


“Five Million Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA) of approximately 40-45 MTPA of e-auction was pertaining to the mines that have rail connectivity. This portion could be gradually diverted for use by the power sector. However, secretary, coal is of the opinion that this would affect the coal supplies to other sectors,” an official document on issues relating to coal for the power sector said.


Under e-auction, coal is sold at spot market price.


Around 10% of the total coal produced by state-owned Coal India (CIL) is sold through e-auction.


The matter had also come up for deliberations at a high-level meeting held recently. Coal secretary SK Srivastava and power secretary Uma Shankar were among those who attended the meeting.


“Keeping in view the shortfall in meeting the demand of the power sector and the obligation of CIL to honour Letter of Assurances (LoAs), the issue of reducing the quantity of coal sold by CIL, through e-auction was discussed,” the official document said.

Earlier, CIL had offered a certain portion of its coal meant for e-auction to power companies to ease coal shortage that caused frequent disruptions in electricity generation.


The power ministry had also, earlier, requested the coal ministry to provide coal supplies for power projects before going ahead with e-auction.



Dr Anantha K Ramdas

4 years ago

The very purpose of selling coal thru e-auction is to generate profit for the company, to take advantage of the shortage in the market which is primarily due to CIL's
inability to produce more. If and when they mined more coal, these are lying in the pitheads because of "logistics" and the inability of Railways to move it to the consuming point.

While profit is essential part of business, why not CIL make efforts to produce more and offer the over-production for spot market for sale?

By the way, why not offer a price reduction to those power generators who can pick coal from pitheads? Tonnes are lying at pitheads incurring "loss of interest" until moved ?

Our ministries spend time discussing issues. We need to resolve issues instead of spending time in talking about them.

Rapid action required to get the job done; not speeches please.

BSE to increase constituents in Greenex index to 25

The BSE said that it has decided to give due consideration to the firms which pro-actively off-set the carbon emissions by planting trees and taking several other initiatives

Mumbai: The country's premier stock exchange BSE today said it will increase the number of constituents in the new list of ‘BSE-Greenex’, the environmental friendly equity index, by five to a total of 25, reports PTI.


The move would be effective from 31 December 2012, the exchange said in a circular.


“Considering the growing trend of companies to move towards qualitative sustainability reporting and disclosure of numbers, BSE has decided to increase the number of the constituents in the BSE Greenex from 20 to 25,” BSE said.


BSE-Greenex, which measures the performances of companies in terms of carbon emissions, would include top 25 companies based on greenhouse gas numbers, free float market capitalisation and turnover.


The companies are: ITC, Infosys, Bharti Airtel, Mahindra & Mahindra, Bajaj Auto, UltraTech Cement, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Hero MotoCorp, Titan Industries, Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, L&T, ICICI Bank, NTPC, Dr Reddy's Labs, HDFC, BHEL, GAIL, Hindustan Unilever, Cipla, Lupin, DLF, and Reliance Infrastructure.


The bourse said it has decided to give due consideration to the firms who pro-actively off-set the carbon emissions by planting trees and taking several other initiatives in this area after consultation with various stakeholders


BSE had launched the Green Index in February this year.


Mutual fund assets base rises by Rs2 trillion in 2012

The total assets under management of all the fund houses put together has soared by an impressive 30% on strong inflows in categories such as fixed income, gold schemes and liquid funds, the industry estimates show

New Delhi: After two consecutive years of plunge, the mutual fund industry managed to register a smart turnover in 2012, with its assets base seen nearing Rs8 trillion with an increase of about Rs2 trillion this year, reports PTI.


As some wide-ranging reforms initiated by the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and the government are yet to translate into true business gains for the investors and fund houses, the industry is hopeful of even better days ahead in 2013.


The total assets under management (AUM) of all the fund houses put together has soared by an impressive 30% on strong inflows in categories such as fixed income, gold schemes and liquid funds, the industry estimates show.


The total industry AUM stood at Rs6.11 lakh crore at the end of 2011, while the same was about Rs6.26 lakh crore at 2010-end and Rs6.65 lakh crore in 2009.


The mutual funds collect money from investors and later invest the same into various market segments including stocks, IPOs (primary market) and bonds.


The industry expects net inflow into mutual funds to further pick-up in 2013 as the government and SEBI have expressed their intention to revive equity culture in the country and help channelise the household income into stocks, mutual funds and insurance sectors, rather than in idle assets like gold.


“The current market conditions and wide-ranging reforms announced by SEBI to re-energise the mutual funds industry would help the sector to channelise funds in the equity market," Sudip Bandhopadhyay, MD and CEO at Destimoney Securities said.


He also said that stock market and mutual funds stand to attract more investments from Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme, after some initial hiccups.


“We have seen the AUMs increase largely in fixed income and gold schemes,” Quantum AMC CEO Jimmy A Patel said.


Birla Sun Life Asset Management Company CEO A Balasubramanian said: “In 2012, the mutual fund industry witnessed growth in fixed income schemes. Within fixed income schemes, actively managed duration focused funds got inflows.”


“In other words, debt funds attracted inflows due to stable to benign interest rate regime. Overnight rates more or less remained above the repo rate. As a result of this, most of the fixed income schemes including money market mutual fund schemes generated higher returns than Bank fixed deposit return,” he added.


Inflows in income and liquid funds have contributed the most to the industry’s rising AUM. With inflows of Rs89,302 crore, money market funds AUM surged to Rs1.77 lakh crore. A similar trend was seen in liquid funds, where inflows rose to Rs80,880 crore taking the assets managed by the fund to Rs3.87 lakh crore.


Similarly, equity funds’ AUM rose to Rs1.65 lakh crore despite registering outflows of more than Rs9,300 crore. AUM of equity linked savings scheme too increased to Rs25,027 crore though it saw investors pull out over Rs1,400 crore this year.


Interestingly, equity fund managers of mutual fund industry has betted big on banking space with investments worth more than Rs42,000 investment, which was 20.59% of the industry's total equity assets under management.


Diversified large cap focused equity funds did well during the year, but few sectors such as private sector banks, MNC companies in the space of FMCG and select pharma have delivered substantially higher than even the index.


Gilt funds saw a rise in assets to Rs5,426 crore due to inflows of Rs1,567 crore this year as investors interest in the category has risen in recent months.


Incidentally, Gold ETF assets neared the Rs12,000 crore mark as the category has seen inflows of Rs954 crore. The rise in assets was due to inflows and mark to market gains in the underlying commodity.


“Gold AUMs have increased due to a combination of increase in the price of gold as well as continued inflows into Gold ETFs and Gold Fund of Fund Schemes. India has always been natural buyer of gold and with the advent of ETFs, more investors are looking at investing in this option (ETFs). Physical gold still retains its charm in India for ornamental purposes,” Patel said.


In order to boost the mutual fund industry, SEBI has announced a slew of measures including expanding its distribution network and making investment simpler and safer, among other steps.


The regulator has made it compulsory for fund houses to make more disclosures in the interest of investors. They are also required to shift to the one plan per scheme model, moving away from the present practice of cluttering one scheme with numerous plans.


At the same time, SEBI decided that any service tax would be charged to the ultimate investor, not to the asset management company (AMC), as is the practice at present.


Although, fund houses would be able to charge their investors a little bit more as incentive for expanding to small cities, but they would also have to set aside a small portion of their assets for investor education and awareness.


Speaking about the next year, Balasubramanian said, “On the basis of change in fundamentals, opportunities would arise from sectors in telecom, power and Industrials as we move into the year 2013.”




4 years ago

1) Who are these agents selling MFs?

2) Is flood of money coming from Tier 2 cities?

3) If assets have grown by 30% then how many new folios have been added? and overall how many folios have been added.

4) For all you know, this could be surplus funds from Financial Institutions, Banks and Corporates who have parked funds to take advantage if interest rates were to fall. (This category has no business to invest in mutual funds.)

5) How much of this growth in AUM can be attributed to marked to market gains? In the calendar year, returns from Debt would be 8-10%; returns from equity have been around 20-25%

Curiously none of the above finds any mention in the above report. . . It could well be a case blind leading the blind.

Anil Agashe

4 years ago

This is contrary to what Money Life has been saying that there is huge outflow from equity funds. Above figures show net increase. What is correct?


Jason Monteiro

In Reply to Anil Agashe 4 years ago

There has been a huge net outflow from equity schemes, but the total asset base of the industry has increased due to strong inflows from fixed income, gold schemes and liquid funds.

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