NOTIFICATION NO. F.4(10)-W&M/2003, DATED 21-3-2003
The Government of India, hereby notifies the issue of 8% Savings (Taxable) Bonds, 2003 ("the Bonds") from 21st April 2003 until further notice. The terms and conditions of the issue of the Bonds shall be as follows:
2. Eligibility for Investment--
(i) an individual, not being a Non-Resident Indian--
(a) in his or her individual capacity, or
(b) in individual capacity on joint basis, or
(c) in individual capacity on anyone or survivor basis, or
(d) on behalf of a minor as father/mother/legal guardian; (ii) a Hindu undivided family;
(iii) (a) "Charitable Institution" to mean a Company registered under section 25 of the Indian Companies Act, 1956; or
(b) an institution which has obtained a Certificate of Registration as a charitable institution in accordance with a law in force; or
(c) any institution which has obtained a certificate from an Income-tax Authority for the purposes of section 80G of the Income-tax Act, 1961;
(iv) "University" means a university established or incorporated by a Central, State or Provincial Act, and includes an institution declared under section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 (3 of 1956), to be a university for the purposes of that Act.
3. Limit of investment--
There will be no maximum limit for investment in the Bonds.
4. Tax treatment.--
(i) Income-tax-Interest on the Bonds will be taxable under the Income-tax Act, 1961 as applicable according to the relevant tax status of the bond holder.
(ii) Wealth-tax- The Bonds will be exempt from wealth-tax under the Wealth-tax Act, 1957.
5. Issue Price.--
(i) The Bonds will be issued at par i.e. at Rs. 100.00 per cent.
(ii) The Bonds will be issued for a minimum amount of Rs. 1,000 (face value) and in multiples thereof. Accordingly, the issue price will be Rs. 1,000 for every Rs. 1,000 (Nominal).
Subscription to the Bonds will be in the form of cash/drafts/cheques. Cheques or drafts should be drawn in favour of the bank (Receiving Office), specified in paragraph 10 below and payable at the place where the applications are tendered.
7. Date of Issue.--
The Bonds in the form of Bond Ledger Account (BLA) will be opened (issued) from the date of tender of cash or the date of realisation of draft/cheque.
The Bonds will be issued only in the form of Bond Ledger Account and may be held at the credit of the holder in an account called Bond Ledger Account.
The Bonds in the form of Bond Ledger Account will be issued and held with any number of branches of the banks and SHCIL as authorised by Reserve Bank of India specified in paragraph 10 below. A certificate of holding as specified in Form TB 1 will be issued to the holder of Bonds in Bond Ledger Account (in Form TBX or Form TBY as applicable).
(i) Applications for the Bonds may be made in Form 'A' attached hereto as TB 2 or in any other form as near as thereto stating clearly the amount and the-full name and address of the applicant.
(ii) Applications should be accompanied by the necessary payment in the form of cash/drafts/cheques as indicated in paragraph 6 above.
(iii) Applicants who have obtained exemption from tax under the relevant provisions of the Income-tax Act, 1961, shall make a declaration to that effect in the application (in Form 'A') and submit a true copy of the certificate obtained from Income-tax Authorities.
10. Receiving Offices.--
Applications for the Bonds in the form of Bond Ledger Account will be received at:
(a) Any number of Branches of State Bank of India, Associate Banks, Nationalised Banks, four private sector banks and SHCIL as specified in the TB 3.
(b) Any other bank or number of branches of the banks and SHCIL where the applications will be received as specified by the Reserve Bank of India in this behalf from lime to time.
(i) A sole holder or a sole surviving holder of a bond, being an individual, may nominate in Form B annexed to this notification (TB-4) or as near thereto as may be, one or more persons who shall be entitled to the bond and the payment thereon in the event of his death.
(ii) Where any amount is payable to two or more nominees and either or any of them dies before such payment becomes due, the title to the bond shall vest in the surviving nominee or nominees and the amount being due thereon shall be paid accordingly. In the event of the nominee or nominees predeceasing the holder, the holder may make a fresh nomination.
(iii) No nomination shall be made in respect of the Bonds issued in the name of a minor.
(iv) A nomination made by a holder of a bond may be varied by a fresh nomination in Form B or as near thereto as may be, or may be cancelled by giving notice in writing to the Receiving office in Form C annexed to the notification (TB-5).
(v) Every nomination and every cancellation or variation shall be registered at the Receiving Office where the bond is issued and shall be effective from the dale of such registration.
(vi) If the nominee is a minor, the holder of a bond may appoint any person to receive the bond/amount due in the event of his death during the minority of the nominee.
The Bonds in the form of Bund Ledger Account shall nut be- transferable.
1[The Bonds will bear interest at the rate of 8% per annum. Interest on non-cumulative bonds will be payable at half-yearly intervals front the date of issue in terms of paragraph 7 above or interest on cumulative bonds will be compounded with half-yearly rests and will be payable on maturity alongwith the principal, as the subscriber may choose. In the latter case, the maturity value of the Bonds shall be Rs. 1601 (being principal and interest) for every Rs. 1,000 (Nominal). Interest to the holders opting for non-cumulative bonds will be paid from date of issue in terms of paragraph 7 above upto 31st July/31st January, as the case may be and thereafter at half-yearly for period ending 31st July/31st January on 1st August and 1st February.
Interest on Bond in the form of 'Bond Ledger Account' will be paid, by cheque/ warrant or through ECS by credit to bank account of the holder as per the option exercised by the investor/holder.]
14. Tax deduction at source.--
Tax will be deducted at source while making payment of interest on the non-cumulative bonds from time to time and credited to Government Account.
Tax on the interest portion of the maturity value will be deducted at source at the time of payment of the maturity proceeds on the cumulative, bonds and credited to Government Account.
However, tax will not be deducted while making payment of interest/maturity proceeds as the case may be, to institutions which have made a declaration in the application form that they have obtained exemption from tax under the relevant provisions of the LT. Act and have submitted a true copy of the certificate obtained from LT. Authorities.
15. Advances/Tradability against Bonds.--
The Bonds shall not be tradable in the secondary market and shall not be eligible as collateral for loans from banks, financial institutions and Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC), etc.
The bonds shall be repayable on the expiration of 6 (six) years from the date of issue.
Brokerage at the rate of Re. LOO (Rupee one only) per Rs. 100 will be paid to the brokers including PPF and UTI agents registered with the Receiving Office listed in paragraph 10(a) & (b) above and also to authorised banks on the applications tendered by them on behalf of their clients and bearing their stamp.
Certificate of Holding (Non-Cumulutive)
8% SAVINGS (TAXABLE) BONDS, 2003
BOND LEDGER ACCOUNT NO.......................
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We hereby certify that...