New Delhi: The government today ruled out any bailout package for crisis-ridden Satyam Computer, but assured to do everything required to save jobs under the framework of its responsibilities.
“This is a decision that the new board of Satyam would take. This government is not going to directly or indirectly subsidise wrong doing and fraud in Satyam,” minister of state for industry Ashwani Kumar told reporters on the sidelines of a Petrotech-2009 conference.
When asked, is government not in favour of bailout package for Satyam as such, Kumar said that the new Satyam board “... are the ones to decide. The government would try and support within the framework of its responsibilities and do whatever it can to preserve and save jobs and to protect the good name of India in corporate sector”.
He said, “The government will try to ensure to the extent possible that the brand equity of the country and Satyam in terms of its intellectual capital is preserved and the jobs are secured to the extent possible”.
The minister said, “I do believe that Satyam aberration should not in any way take away from the great success story of India in the IT sector.”
Earlier speculation was rife that the government is considering a package of up to Rs 2,000 crore to bail out Satyam Computer. But shortly after the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s review meeting on Satyam on Tuesday, there was media speculation that government would be considering a financial assistance ranging between Rs 500 crore and Rs 2,000 crore but the PMO office declined to comment on it.