LIC Employee Union Opposes IPO Plan

Employees’ union of LIC oppose the government’s plan to sell part of its holding in the company through an IPO.

 LIC building at Nariman Point. (Image courtesy: BloombergQuint) 
LIC building at Nariman Point. (Image courtesy: BloombergQuint) 

The employees' union of Life Insurance Corporation of India strongly opposed the government's plan to sell a part of its holding in the country's largest financial institution through a public issue.

"The government proposes to sell a part of its holding in LIC through an initial public offer," Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said yesterday while presenting the Budget for 2020-21. The government fully owns LIC.

“LIC has always been the last resort for funding for other public sector entities. We strongly oppose the government's proposal to sell a portion of its holding in LIC,” All-India Life Insurance Employees Federation General Secretary Rajesh Nimbalkar told PTI.

He said the government's move is against the interest of the public, because the growth of LIC is the sheer outcome of the dedication and faith of policyholders and its agents.

Any dilution of the government's stake in LIC would shake faith of the policyholders in the institution, he added.

Nimbalkar said though the government has not revealed the amount of stake it plans to sell, and going by the past experience, it seems a majority stake would be sold, resulting in LIC losing its public sector status.

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