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State-Owned Companies to Remain Exempt from Public Shareholding Norms

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Last Updated: January 04, 2023, 11:17 IST

Sebi has been giving state-run companies exemptions from the MPS norm for years now. (Photo: News18)

Sebi has been giving state-run companies exemptions from the MPS norm for years now. (Photo: News18)

Exemptions from minimum public shareholding norm will be valid for a ‘specified period’

Indian state-run companies will continue to be exempt from the minimum public shareholding (MPS) norm that requires listed companies to maintain a 25 per cent public shareholding, a government notification said late on Monday. The exemptions from the MPS norm will be valid for a “specified period” even if there is a change in ownership or control after the exemption is granted, the notification said.

India’s capital market regulator has been giving state-run companies exemptions from the MPS norm for years now. But, extending that exemption for the state-run companies in case they are privatized may coax investors to buy a stake in government companies.

So far, the government’s privatisation drive has not taken off as much as expected. Last month, the regulator said it will relax listing obligations in cases where the federal government sells its majority stake to a private buyer.

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(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed)

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