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A missed opportunity: ITC could build India's digital, agri-business model

A cash-strapped New Delhi, which is delaying fiscal support to an economy expected to lose a 10th of its real output this year to Covid-19, also needs to rethink its stance

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Anand P Gupta  |  Mumbai 

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Anand P Gupta

Although one in four of all adult Indians use tobacco, the country’s addiction runs far deeper. The government, too, has a toxic dependence. It’s called ITC Ltd.

Formerly known as Imperial Tobacco of India, later renamed India Tobacco Company, and finally truncated to just ITC, the 110-year-old conglomerate is 29.4% owned by British American Tobacco Plc. About 28.5% is controlled by various Indian state-run insurance companies and a government-controlled bad bank. And therein lies the problem. The large quasi-state ownership ...

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First Published: Wed, October 21 2020. 13:27 IST