The government is considering divesting a portion of the paid-up equity share capital through an IPO and has sought Expression of Interest (EoI) from merchant bankers by March 16.
The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) is scouting for merchant bankers to manage the initial public offering (IPO) of the three PSUs, which is under the administrative control of the Rail Ministry.
The government currently holds 100 per cent stake in these three companies.
In his Budget speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that the government will put in place a revised mechanism and procedure to ensure time-bound listing of identified CPSEs on stock exchanges as it will foster greater public accountability and unlock their true value.
"The shares of Railway public sector enterprises (PSEs) like IRCTC, IRFC and IRCON will be listed in the stock exchanges," Mr Jaitley had said in his speech.
The government intends to raise Rs 72,500 crore through disinvestment of PSUs in the next fiscal year.
Of this, Rs 46,500 crore would be raised through disinvestment of minority stake and Rs 11,000 crore through strategic sale.