Mumbai: Market regulator Sebi will hold an auction on Monday for grant of investment limits to foreign investors in government debt securities worth over Rs 23,000 crore.
At the auction to be held on the National Stock Exchange on July 22, Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) would be able to bid for investment limits of Rs 23,661 crore in government bonds.
The auction follows a robust interest shown by FIIs for sale of government debt bond investment limits to the tune of Rs 42,000, crore last month. The biggest sale of government securities so far this year, it had attracted bids worth Rs 39,171 crore. A total of 37 FIIs had participated in the last month's auction.
The encouraging response last month came at a time when FIIs have been pulling out of Indian debt market.
Since the beginning of June, FIIs had made a net outflow of over Rs 44,331 crore from debt securities, after a net inflow of about Rs 25,000 crore in the first five months of this year.
Indian debt markets had witnessed robust interest from FIIs last year as well, when their net investments stood at close to Rs 35,000 crore.
The bidding would be held on a designated electronic exchange platform of NSE between 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm, the bourse said in a circular.
It would be the second auction for debt securities since a hike in the investment limits for FIIs in government debt to USD 30 billion, from USD 25 billion previously, last month.
The FIIs need to bid for investment limits in an auction conducted periodically by Sebi as per the available limits, pursuant to which they can invest in the bond market.
Sebi auctions debt limits for FIIs is conducted on the 20th of every month. The government recently relaxed ownership limits in Indian debt for FIIs.