Finance Ministry Asks SEBI To Address Issues That Led To NSE Outage
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Finance Ministry Asks SEBI To Address Issues That Led To NSE Outage


The finance ministry has asked markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India to take necessary measures to address issues that led to the outage at National Stock Exchange recently.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha on Monday, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur said that on Feb. 24, 2021, the National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. took a decision to halt trading from 11:40 a.m. due to technical issues.

However, the system of interoperability among clearing corporations, which allows market participants to consolidate their clearing and settlement functions at a single clearing corporation, irrespective of the stock exchange on which the trade is executed, continued to remain functional.

The trading at NSE resumed from 03:30 p.m. and trading hours were extended from 03:30 p.m. to 05:00 p.m. for the day in all the three stock exchanges -- NSE, BSE and MSEI -- to enable investors to square off their existing positions.

"The Department of Economic Affairs has advised SEBI to review the issues leading to the halt in trading in NSE and the corresponding disaster recovery process. DEA has further advised SEBI to take necessary measures to ensure that all the underlying issues leading up to the market disruption are addressed appropriately," the minister said.

Also read: SEBI Asks NSE Why Trading Wasn’t Shifted To Disaster Recovery Site

Foreign Portfolio Investors had made a net investment of Rs 2,332 crore on Feb. 24, 2021.

NSE is one of the largest derivatives exchanges in the world and accounts for the leading market share (by total turnover) in India - 93.2% in equity cash trading and 99.9% in equity derivatives trading during 2019-20.

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