SEBI lays down reforms roadmap for FY18

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The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) plans to bring in a host of reforms in various segments including primary market, commodities and foreign investors among others. The board of the capital market regulator met in New Delhi and laid out the roadmap for reforms for financial year 2017-18.

Key highlights:

** The regulator plans to reduce the listing time gap by bringing down the public issue timeline from the existing requirement of T+6. In other words, shares of a company are currently listed within six days from the day of the issue closure.

** To allow institutional participation in the commodity derivatives markets in a phased manner. Further, it will work towards integration between the commodity spot market and the derivatives segment.

** The regulator will initiate consultation with various stakeholders and also design a system of risk-based supervision for commodity brokers.

** It will set up a cyber security lab for the the securities market and set up a facility for online registration of intermediaries. It also plans to allow listing and trading of securitisation receipts issued by Assets Reconstruction Companies (ARC).

Stock exchanges, depositories, clearing corporations:

As part of its attempts towards the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ initiative, SEBI will introduce a common application form for registration, opening of bank and demat accounts, and issue of PAN for Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs).

The regulator plans to review the regulations pertaining to such Market Infrastructure Institutions (MIIs). It could be a major reform for institutions like exchanges, depositories and clearing corporations.

The board of the regulator approved the proposal for comprehensive review of Securities Contracts (Regulation) (Stock Exchanges and Clearing Corporations) Regulations, 2012 and SEBI (Depositories and Participants) Regulations, 1996 by releasing a consultation paper and seeking public comments.

Complaint against NSE:

The SEBI board took note of the memorandum related to the collocation facility of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the examination carried out by the regulator under the guidance of its Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

About SEBI:

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is the regulator for the securities market in India. It was established in the year 1988 and given statutory powers on 30 January 1992 through the SEBI Act, 1992.


Source: The hindu

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