Operational Guidelines of Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17 Series II

Government of India has, vide its Notification F.No. 4(7)-W&M/2016 dated August 29, 2016, announced that the Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016 – Series II (“the Bonds”) will be open for subscription from September 01, 2016 to September 09, 2016. The Government of India may, with prior notice, close the Scheme before the specified period. The terms and conditions of the issuance of the Bonds shall be as follows:
1. Eligibility for Investment:
The Bonds under this Scheme may be held by a person resident in India, being an individual, in his capacity as such individual, or on behalf of minor child, or jointly with any other individual. The bond may also be held by a Trust, Charitable Institution and University. “Person resident in India” is defined under section 2(v) read with section 2(u) of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999

2. Form of Security
The Bonds shall be issued in the form of Government of India Stock in accordance with section 3 of the Government Securities Act, 2006. The investors will be issued a Holding Certificate (Form C). The Bonds shall be eligible for conversion into de-mat form.

3. Date of Issue
Date of issuance shall be September 23, 2016.

4. Denomination
The Bonds shall be denominated in units of one gram of gold and multiples thereof. Minimum investment in the Bonds shall be one gram with a maximum limit of subscription of five hundred gram per person per fiscal year (April – March).

5. Issue Price
Price of the Bonds shall be fixed in Indian Rupees on the basis of simple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity published by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Limited for the week (Monday to Friday) preceding the subscription period.

6. Interest
The Bonds shall bear interest at the rate of 2.75 percent (fixed rate) per annum on the amount of initial investment. Interest shall be paid in half-yearly rests and the last interest shall be payable on maturity along with the principal.

7. Receiving Offices
Scheduled commercial banks (excluding RRBs), designated Post Offices (as may be notified), Stock Holding Corporation of India Ltd (SHCIL) and recognized stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange Limited are authorized to receive applications for the Bonds either directly or through agents.
Operational  Guidelines of Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17 Series II

8. Payment Options
Payment shall be accepted in Indian Rupees through Cash up to a maximum of Rs.20,000/- or Demand Drafts or Cheque or Electronic banking. Where payment is made through cheque or demand draft, the same shall be drawn in favour of Receiving Office.

9. Redemption
i) The Bonds shall be repayable on the expiration of eight years from September 23, 2016, the date of issue of Gold bonds. Pre-mature redemption of the Bond is permitted from fifth year of the date of issue on the interest payment dates.
ii) The redemption price shall be fixed in Indian Rupees on the basis of the previous week’s (Monday – Friday) simple average closing price for gold of 999 purity, published by IBJA.
iii) The Receiving Office shall inform the investor of the date of maturity of the Gold Bond one month before its maturity.

10. Repayment
The Receiving Office shall inform the investor of the date of maturity of the Bond one month before its maturity.

11. Eligibility for Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR)
Investment in the Bonds shall be eligible for SLR.

12. Loan against Bonds
The Bonds may be used as collateral for loans. The Loan to Value ratio will be as applicable to ordinary gold loan mandated by the RBI from time to time. The lien on the Bonds shall be marked in the depository by the authorized banks.

13. Tax Treatment
Interest on the Bonds shall be taxable as per the provisions of the Income-tax Act, 1961. The capital gains tax arising on redemption of SGB to an individual has been exempted. The indexation benefits will be provided to long term capital gains arising to any person on transfer of bond

14. Applications
Subscription for the Bonds may be made in the prescribed application form (Form ‘A’) or in any other form as near as thereto stating clearly the grams of gold and the full name and address of the applicant. The Receiving Office shall issue an acknowledgment receipt in Form ‘B’ to the applicant.

15. Nomination
Nomination and its cancellation shall be made in Form ‘D’ and Form ‘E’, respectively, in accordance with the provisions of the Government Securities Act, 2006 (38 of 2006) and the Government Securities Regulations, 2007, published in part III, Section 4 of the Gazette of India dated December 1, 2007.

16. Transferability
The Bonds shall be transferable by execution of an instrument of transfer as in Form ‘F’, in accordance with the provisions of the Government Securities Act, 2006 (38 of 2006) and the Government Securities Regulations, 2007, published in part III, Section 4 of the Gazette of India dated December 1, 2007.

17. Tradability of bonds
The Bonds shall be eligible for trading within 15 days of issuance on a date notified by the Reserve Bank of India.

18. Commission for distribution
Commission for distribution shall be paid at the rate of rupee one per hundred of the total subscription received by the Receiving Offices on the applications received and Receiving Offices shall share at least 50% of the commission so received with the agents or sub-agents for the business procured through them.

19. All other terms and conditions specified in the notification of Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) vide number F. No.4(13) W&M/2008, dated 8th October 2008 shall apply to the Bonds.

 This has reference to the GoI notification F.No.4(7)-W&M/2016 and RBI circular IDMD.CDD.No. 462/14.04.050/2016-17 dated August 29, 2016 on the Sovereign Gold Bonds. FAQs in this regard have been placed on our website (www.rbi.org.in). Operational guidelines with regard to this scheme are given below:

1. Application
Application forms from investors will be received at branches during normal banking hours from September 01-09, 2016. Receiving Offices need to ensure that the application is complete in all respects as incomplete applications are liable to be rejected.. Relevant additional details may be obtained from the applicants, where necessary. The Receiving Offices may make arrangements to enable the investors to apply online, in the interest of better customer service.

2. Joint holding and nomination
Multiple joint holders and nominees (of first holder) are permitted. Necessary details may be obtained from the applicants as per practice.

3. Interest on application money
Applicants will be paid interest at prevailing savings bank rate from the date of realization of payment to the settlement date, i.e. the period for which they are out of funds. In case the applicant’s bank account is not with the receiving bank, the interest has to be credited by electronic fund transfer to the account details provided by the applicant.

4. Cancellation
Cancellation of application is permitted till the closure of the issue, i.e., September 9, 2016. Part cancellation of submitted request for purchase of gold bonds is not permitted. No interest on application money needs to be paid if the application is cancelled.

5. Lien marking
As the bonds are government securities, lien marking, etc. will be as per the extant legal provisions of Government Securities Act, 2006 and rules framed there under.

6. Agency arrangement
Receiving Offices may engage NBFCs, NSC agents, LIC agents and others to collect application forms on their behalf. Banks may enter into arrangements or tie-ups with such entities. Commission for distribution shall be paid at the rate of rupee one per hundred of the total subscription received by the Receiving Offices on the applications received and Receiving Offices shall share at least 50% of the commission so received with the agents or sub-agents for the business procured through them.

7. Processing through RBI’s e-Kuber system
Sovereign Gold Bonds will be available for subscription at the branches of scheduled commercial banks and designated post offices through RBI’s e- Kuber system. The e-Kuber system can be accessed either through Infinet or Internet. The Receiving Offices need to enter the data or carry out bulk upload for the subscriptions received by them. They may ensure accuracy of entry of data to prevent occurrence of any inadvertent errors. An immediate confirmation will be provided to them for receipt of application. In addition, a confirmation scroll will be provided for file uploads to enable the Receiving Offices to update their database. On the date of allotment, i.e., September 23, 2016, Certificates of Holding will be generated for all the subscriptions in the name of the sole/principal holder. The Receiving Offices can download the same and take printouts. The Certificates of Holding will also be sent through e-mail to the investors who have provided their email address. The securities will be credited in their de-mat accounts within 2-3 days of allotment, subject to matching of particulars furnished in the application with the Depositories’ records.

8. Printing Certificates of Holding
Certificates of Holding need to be printed in colour on A4 size 100 GSM paper.

9. Servicing and follow up
Receiving Offices, i.e., branches of the scheduled commercial banks, designated post offices , SCHIL and stock exchanges (NSE Ltd and BSE Ltd) will “own” the customer and provide necessary services with regards to this bond e.g. update contact details, receive requests for premature encashment, etc. Receiving Offices will be required to preserve applications till the bonds are matured and are repaid.

10. Tradability
The Bonds shall be eligible for trading within 15 days of issuance on a date notified by the Reserve Bank of India. (It may be noted that only bonds held in demat form with depositories can be traded in stock exchanges)

11. Contact details
Any queries/clarifications may be e-mailed to the following:
(a) Sovereign Gold Bond related: Please click here to send email.
(b) IT related: Please click here to send email.
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