However, one of the major requirements for such large- scale disinvestments is a government thinking on those lines, as lack of political will and union pressure have been halting such proposals for a long time including during the tenure of the previous UPA government, he said.
Giving examples from during the UPA regime, Parekh said he has been part of many important government panels, including those on BSNL and Indian Railways, but nothing moved on the suggestions made by those committees.
"...if you run down a company to that level in the public sector that no private sector entity will want to take it, then what will you do?" he wondered.
Parekh also hoped the first full Budget of the Narendra Modi government will focus on reforms without much populism and pitched for incentives for the companies to launch new  projects and give a boost to the 'Make in India' campaign.
He said the government's finances are in a much better position to go ahead with reforms, following steps like reduction in subsidy and checking of wastages and leakages,  but it would have to remain within its means.

While echoing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's assertion that reforms can happen through 365 days a year, rather than being only on the Budget day, Parekh said that the BJP's defeat in Delhi elections was unlikely to result into any kind of populist measures at the cost of reforms.
He also flagged a continuing fear among bureaucrats of being hauled up as a major reason for inordinate delays in the decision-making process, saying things can change for better if they are assured of protection.
Parekh, a leading industry voice who has been always vocal with his frank views on the issues faced by the companies and investors from India and abroad, said that the Prime Minister has been time and again assuring the bureaucrats that they should not worry and "act without fear or favour".

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