82% listed CPSEs don't have mandated independent directors: CAG report

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Nikesh Singh New Delhi
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has raised concern over the high number of vacancies for the post of independent directors in 59 of the 72 (82 per cent) listed central public sector enterprises (CPSEs).

While no Maharatna company has the mandated number of independent directors on its board, CPSEs such as Coal India Ltd (CIL), NHPC, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), and REC have not appointed an independent director.

The Companies Act, as well as the guidelines issued by the Department of Public Enterprises, mandates that in case the chairman of the board is an executive director, at least half the board should have independent directors.

First Published: Dec 29 2022 | 10:18 PM IST

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