July 1, 2016
The Chairman / Managing Director
Master Directions on Relief/Savings Bonds
The rules and regulations applicable to Relief/Savings Bonds have been updated with instructions issued up to June 30, 2016 in the Master Directions on Relief/Savings Bonds. The directions facilitate availability of all the current operative instructions on the above subject at one place and will be updated suitably and simultaneously whenever there is a change in the rules/regulations or there is a change in the policy. These Directions have been placed on RBI website https://rbi.org.in
1. Procedure for enrollment / registration of brokers
Agency banks may follow a simple procedure for enrolment/registration of brokers. The broker seeking enrolment/registration may submit the request for registration on their business letterhead together with business data to the agency banks. The agency banks should allot a code number to the broker which should be quoted by the broker on all applications tendered at the Receiving offices for claiming brokerage.
2. Appointment of sub-agents by Agency banks
It has come to our notice that some banks designated/authorized by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) have engaged the services of other banks as brokers/agents for receiving applications and the latter are using the name of RBI in their publicity material and billboards stating that RBI has appointed them as brokers for Relief/Savings bonds business. We advise that in cases where authorised banks engage the services of other banks/institutions as a broker or agent, the agency banks who have appointed them are solely responsible for their activities as an agent/broker. RBI’s name should not be used by such banks.
3. Delisting of brokers
The names of the dormant brokers, who have been dormant for say 2 years, may be delisted after giving a due notice if, no fresh business is forthcoming from these brokers.
1. Rates of brokerage
2. No TDS on payment of brokerage
No tax is required to be deducted at source by the agency banks while making payment of brokerage in respect of the Relief/Savings bonds business canvassed by brokers in terms of Section 194 (H) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
3. Brokerage claims
1. A sole holder or all the joint holders (investors) of a Relief/Savings bond other than in the form of promissory note or bearer bond may nominate one or more persons who in the event of death of the sole holder/all the joint holders, as the case may be, would be entitled to the Relief/Savings bond and to the payment thereon, provided that the person or each of the persons nominated is himself/herself competent to hold a similar bond.
2. The nomination should be made before maturity of the bond.
3. When nomination has been made in favour of two or more nominees, in the event of the death of either or any of them, the surviving nominee or nominees, as the case may be, shall be entitled to the Relief/Savings bond and payment thereon.
4. A nomination made by the holder(s) of a Relief/Savings bond may be varied or cancelled by making a fresh nomination in the prescribed manner and intimating the same in writing to the designated branch of the authorised public/private sector bank.
5. If the nominee is a minor, the holder(s) of the Relief/Savings bond may appoint any person, not being a minor, to receive the proceeds of a Relief/Savings bond on behalf of the nominee in the event of his/her/their death during the minority of the nominee.
6. The investor(s) can make separate nomination for each investment in a Bond Ledger Account (BLA) (subject to 2 above).
7. Agency banks to issue ‘Acknowledgement of Nomination.’
8. In case of 8 % Savings (Taxable) Bonds, 2003 (currently the only scheme open for subscription) the sole holder or all the joint holders can also nominate a Non-resident Indian (NRI) as his/her/their nominee(s) and remittance of interest payment and/or maturity value, as the case may be, will be governed by the regulations as applicable to NRIs.
Exceptions – No nomination is permissible in the following cases
Cancellation of Nomination – A nomination previously made will stand automatically cancelled –
The various circulars/instructions issued by RBI based on which the above Master Direction is prepared are listed below:
i) Memorandum of Procedure’ for Relief bonds.
(In case detailed clarifications are required on specific issues, the circulars indicated above may please be referred to)