The Chairman & Managing
All Scheduled Commercial Banks
Designated Post Offices
Stock Holding Corporation of India ltd.(SHCIL)
National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. & Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd.
Sovereign Gold Bonds, 2017-18 –
Series I - Operational Guidelines
This has reference to the GoI
notification F.No.4(8)-(W&M)/2017 and RBI circular
IDMD.CDD.No.2760/14.04.050/2016-17 dated April 20, 2017 on the
Sovereign Gold Bonds, 2017-18-Series I. FAQs in this regard have
been placed on our website (rbi.org.in). Operational guidelines with regard
to this scheme are given below:
Application forms from investors
will be received at branches during normal banking hours from April 24,
2017 to April 28, 2017. 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
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. Know-Your-Customer (KYC)
Know-Your-Customer (KYC) norms
shall be the same as that for purchase of physical form of gold.
Identification documents such as passport, Permanent Account Number (PAN)
Card, Voter's Identity Card, Aadhaar card shall be required. In case of
minors only, the bank account number may also be considered as valid for
KYC verification. KYC will be done by the issuing banks/SHCIL offices/Post
4. 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, ie. 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.
Cancellation of application is
permitted till the closure of the issue, i.e., April 28, 2017. 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.
6. 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.
7. Agency arrangement
Scheduled Commercial Banks may
engage NBFCs, NSC 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.
8. Processing through RBI’s
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.,
May 12, 2017. 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.
9. Printing Certificates of
Holding Certificate needs to be
printed in colour on A4 size 100 GSM paper.
10. 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) 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
The Bonds shall be eligible for
trading within a fortnight of the issuance on a date as notified by the
RBI. (It may be noted that only bonds held in demat form with depositories
can be traded in stock exchanges)
12. 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.
Deputy General Manager