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Vodafone Idea CEO Says Government Won’t Take Over Operations


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Vodafone Idea CEO Says Government Won't Take Over Operations

Voda Idea had determined to transform about Rs 16,000 crore curiosity dues legal responsibility into fairness.

New Delhi: A day after Vodafone Idea Ltd opted to transform curiosity on dues to authorities fairness, its CEO on Wednesday mentioned the federal government had made its place amply clear that it doesn’t wish to run the telco, and added that present promoters are totally dedicated to managing and working the corporate’s operations.

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Vodafone Idea (VIL) on Tuesday introduced its resolution to go for changing about Rs 16,000 crore curiosity dues legal responsibility payable to the federal government into fairness, which is able to quantity to round 35.8 per cent stake within the firm.

If the plan goes via, the federal government will turn into the largest shareholder within the firm which is reeling underneath a debt burden of about Rs 1.95 lakh crore.

VIL Managing Director and CEO Ravinder Takkar informed reporters in a digital briefing that there isn’t a situation within the Telecom Department’s letter on fairness conversion choice, which permits for board seats for the federal government. The present promoters are totally dedicated to managing and working the corporate’s operations, he asserted.

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“In all of our interactions with the government leading up to the package and even after the announcement of the package, it has been clearly stated by the government that they do not want to run the company. They do not have the desire to take over operations of the company… They want three private players in the market, they do not want duopoly or monopoly,” VIL CEO mentioned.

The authorities has “made it clear they want promoters of this company to run it going forward”, he mentioned, including that VIL expects no change of their place.

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Takkar additional mentioned he expects all the course of to conclude within the coming months.

On the rationale for the choice, the VIL high boss mentioned that on condition that many of the telco’s debt are to the federal government, “it was clear to us that converting some of debt to equity is a good option for the company to reduce its debt going forward”.

Since the typical worth of the corporate shares with respect to the related date was beneath par worth, the fairness shares shall be issued to the federal government at par worth of Rs 10 per share, he defined.

Post-conversion, Vodafone Group shareholding within the firm will drop to round 28.5 per cent, and Aditya Birla Group to round 17.8 per cent.


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