Four state owned insurance companies to be listed: FM

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-02-29 12:34 New Delhi: Presenting the Union budget for 2016-17, Arun Jaitley proposal to list the general insurance companies to give a boost to the initial public offering market and help it raise funds to meet its social sector and investment spending. Investors who have been cold to some of the share offering's from the state, can now find these insurers and seek funds. Also, they could hope to make profits since the pricing could be a lot more reasonable than the ones from private sector. The four general insurance companies fully owned by government includes New India Assurance, National Insurance, Oriental Insurance Company and United India Insurance. As per the regulations laid down by Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, insurance companies that have completed 10 years of operation could tap the capital market to raise capital. However, as of now none of the private insurance companies are listed either. There are close to 22 life insurance and 20 general insurance companies. Last year, the government allowed foreign partners to raise stake to insurance venture from 26 percent to 49 percent. (ANI)