NSE to set up Social Stock Exchange (SSE) as a separate segment

New Delhi, Dec 23 (FN Agency) National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) has received in-principle approval from the Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on December 19, 2022, to set up a Social Stock Exchange (SSE) as a separate segment of the NSE.

Earlier, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Union Budget speech of 2019-20 had proposed the creation of a Social Stock Exchange, under the regulatory ambit of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for listing social enterprises and voluntary organizations working for the realization of a social welfare objective, so that they can raise capital as equity, debt or as units like a mutual fund. Government of India, through gazette notification, has declared a new security “Zero Coupon Zero Principal (ZCZP)” under the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956. The new instrument ZCZP can be publicly or privately issued by Not for Profit (NPO) upon registering with the Social Stock Exchange segment of NSE to raise funds subject to fulfilment of eligibility criteria.

Currently, the regulations have prescribed the minimum issue size as Rs 1 crore and minimum application size for subscription at Rs 2 lakhs. Subscription to the ZCZP would be like a philanthropic donation. Ashish kumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, NSE, said, “NSE has always played a pivotal role in capital formation for the country. We are working towards the launch of Social Stock Exchange as a segment on NSE. We believe this platform will immensely benefit the social enterprises contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.”