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Sebi tightens grip on board composition at market infra institutions

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The regulator currently has a rigorous framework in area dictating the appointments and tenures of board users at stock exchanges, clearing companies and depositories –termed MIIs in market parlance. Nevertheless, it seems the regulator opposed reappointment of sure ‘shareholder directors’ owing to fears in excess of their prolonged association.

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“In conditions of Sebi letter dated February 17, 2020, NSE is recommended not to ahead the names of Abhay Havaldar and Prakash Parthasarthy for reappointment to the NSE board as and when appointment is owing,” the exchange has mentioned in its yearly report for 2019-20.

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Each Havaldar and Parthasarthy have served on the NSE board for more than 8 decades. They were nominated on the board by General Atlantic and PremjiInvest respectively.

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A further shareholder director nominated by Lifestyle Coverage Corporation (LIC), Sunita Sharma, even so, has obtained the regulator’s nod for re-appointment. She has been related with NSE since Oct 2016.

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Not just NSE but BSE far too has noticed its shareholder director exiting. According to BSE’s 2019-20 yearly report, Usha Sangwan, nominated by LIC, whose tenure finished in June requested the exchange not to re-appoint her citing “personal and wellness reasons.” She was appointed to the BSE board in September 2016.

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Other MIIs, like Countrywide Securities Depository (NSDL) and the Central Depository Solutions India (CDSL) have obtained new shareholder directors this yr. The trend suggests regulator has been in favour of shorter tenures for unbiased directors that serve on the boards of MIIs.

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There are two kinds of unbiased directors that serve on the board of MIIs—public interest directors (PIDs) and shareholder directors.

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A shareholder director is nominated by dominant shareholders. PIDs are appointed by the exchanges and Sebi. Their objective is to safeguard the greater interest of the securities market.

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PIDs are appointed for a interval of three decades and can have a greatest of two tenures with a solitary MII and just one more tenure with yet another MII with a just one-yr cooling off interval.

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Meanwhile, appointment of shareholder directors is ruled by the Organizations Act, which allows tenure of up to five decades and reappointment by way of distinctive resolution.

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Industry experts say even though Organizations Act allows lengthier association, Sebi thinks in shorter tenures to stay clear of conflict of interest.

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Initially Released: Wed, September 09 2020. 11:fifty IST