Five Tamil Nadu state PSUs picked up 3.56 per cent of the government’s stake in disinvestment of Neyveli Lignite Corporation, the Parliament was informed on Tuesday.

State Industries Promotion Corp of Tamil Nadu (TN), TN Industrial Investment Corp Ltd, TN Power Finance and Infra Dev Corp Ltd, TN Urban Finance and Infra Dev Corp Ltd, and TN Industrial Dev Corp have bought stake in Neyveli, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

The Centre had on August 2 sold 3.56 per cent stake, or 5.97 crore shares in the TN-based company through an Institutional Placement Programme (IPP) at a price band of Rs. 58-60 a share, which garnered Rs. 360 crore to the exchequer.

“Government has disinvested 3.56 per cent of the total equity out of Government of India’s holding in NLC to comply with Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules, 1957”, Mr. Chidambaram said.

Post-divestment, the Centre’s holding in the company has come down to 90 per cent.

While the Cabinet had in June approved 5 per cent stake sale in NLC through an Offer For Sale (OFS), the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on Disinvestment later cleared selling only 3.56 per cent in the company after taking into account the proposal of Tamil Nadu government.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in May, opposing disinvestment in the integrated mining-cum-power generating company. Later, she offered that the shares in the NLC disinvestment be allotted only to Tamil Nadu state PSUs.

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