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LIC Introduces Framework for Shareholder’s Director: Enhancing Board Structure

Introduction to the New Framework

Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), a leading insurance and investment corporation in India, has announced a significant update in its governance structure. As per the Life Insurance Corporation of India (Shareholders’ Director) Regulations, 2023, notified in the Gazette of India on December 1, 2023, LIC has outlined a new framework for the addition of a shareholder’s director to its board.

Appointment and Tenure of Shareholder’s Director

Initial Appointment

Duration: 4 years tenure
Eligibility for Extension: The appointed person can extend their tenure for an additional four years.

Appointment Process

Election: The shareholder’s director will be elected through a general meeting of shareholders.
Trigger for Election: Election is initiated upon a request from not less than one thousand shareholders or one-tenth of the total number of shareholders, whichever is lower.

Restriction on Holding Positions

Limitation: The appointed shareholder’s director cannot hold a similar position in more than two companies simultaneously.

LIC’s Recent Financial Milestone

IPO Listing: LIC was among the most expensive and highly-anticipated IPOs listed last year.
Government Stake Dilution: The government raised ₹20,557 crore by diluting its 3.5 percent stake in the company.

Current Board Composition

  • Executive Directors: 5, including Chairman Siddhartha Mohanty
  • Independent Directors: 9
  • Government Nominee Director: MP Tangirala

Conclusion

This new regulation represents a strategic move by LIC to enhance its governance structure and involve its shareholders more directly in its decision-making process. The appointment of a shareholder’s director is aimed at aligning the interests of shareholders with the board’s decisions, thus ensuring a more holistic and inclusive approach to corporate governance. As LIC continues to be a key player in India’s financial landscape, this development marks a significant step towards greater transparency and shareholder engagement.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • LIC Chairperson: Siddhartha Mohanty;
  • LIC Founder: Government of India;
  • LIC Founded: 1 September 1956;
  • LIC Headquarters: Mumbai.

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