Government To Retain Management Control In LIC After Listing: Sitharaman
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Government To Retain Management Control In LIC After Listing: Sitharaman

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The government on Tuesday said it will continue to retain the management control of Life Insurance Corporation and safeguard the interest of policyholders even after listing of the insurance behemoth through an initial public offering on stock exchanges.

In the Budget Speech 2020-21, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that Life Insurance Corporation of India, a fully-owned government undertaking, will be listed.

In a written reply to a query in the Rajya Sabha, the minister said that listing of companies on stock exchanges disciplines a company and provides access to financial markets and unlocks its value. "It also gives an opportunity for retail investors to participate in the wealth so created," Sitharaman added.

The IPO, she said, would be brought out after necessary legislative changes and regulatory approvals. "The government will remain the majority shareholder and will continue to retain management control safeguarding the interest of policyholders," she said.

The finance minister further said LIC is not losing its market share. At the end of March 2019, LIC had a market share of 74.71 percent in a number of policies and 66.24 percent in first-year premium income.

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According to data published by the Life Insurance Council, LIC has a market share of 77.61 percent in a number of policies and 70.02 percent in first-year premium income as on Jan. 31, 2020.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur in another reply said the government has given in-principle approval for strategic disinvestment of 34 central public sector enterprises, including subsidiaries, units, and joint ventures. Strategic disinvestment implies the sale of a substantial portion of the government shareholding of central public sector enterprises along with transfer of management control.

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