Markets regulator Sebi today extended the deadline till May 30 for public comments on proposed norms to drastically cut the timeline for listing of debt securities to six days from 12 days at present.
The last date has been extended after taking into consideration, representations from various quarters as the initial deadline ended on May 14.
In a statement issued today, Sebi said it has decided to extend time till May 30 for submission of public comments on the consultation paper regarding reduction in timelines for public issue of debt securities.
Under the proposed norms, the regulator would reduce the timeline for listing of debt securities to six days from 12 days at present.
Besides, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has proposed to make ASBA (Application Supported by Blocked Amount) mandatory for all the investors applying in a public issue of debt securities.
The mandatory ASBA facility would reduce the time taken for collecting banks to commence clearing of payment instruments, forwarding application forms along with bank schedules to registrar and undertaking of technical rejection test.
In addition, submission of clearance status of payment instrument should done in 4-5 days as against the present time of 7 days.
The proposals are aimed at ensuring uniformity, standardisation and streamlining of issuance of debt securities with that of equity shares and convertibles.
Sebi noted that over the last few years, the corporate bonds market has emerged as one of the major sources of funding. Concurrently, various regulatory initiatives such as implementation of centralised database for corporate bonds, introduction of electronic book platform among others have been taken towards developing such market.
In this direction, it is felt that existing issuance processes may be rationalised further to make it easier and friendly for both the issuers and investors.
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