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LIC IPO plan: Union up in arms against Union Budget


New Delhi, Feb 04: Employees' union of LIC has 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 on Saturday while presenting the Budget for 2020-21.

LIC IPO plan: Union up in arms against Union Budget

Currently, 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.

Further, 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.

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

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

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