S.O. 2777(E).-- In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 80CCG of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), the Central Government hereby makes the following Scheme, namely:-
1. Short title, commencement and application. -
(1) This Scheme may be called the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme, 2012.
(2) It shall come into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.
(3) This Scheme shall apply for claiming deduction in the computation of total income of the assessment year relevant to a previous year on account of investment in eligible securities under sub-section (1) of section 80CCG of the Income-tax Act, 1961.
2. Objective of Scheme.-
The objective of the Scheme is to encourage the savings of the small investors in domestic capital market.
In this Scheme, unless the context otherwise requires,-
(i) "Act" means the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961);
(ii) "demat account" means an account opened with the depository participant in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the Securities and Exchange Board of India established under section 3 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 (15 of 1992);
(iii) "depository" means a company as defined in clause (e) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Depositories Act, 1996 (22 of 1996);
(iv) "depository participant" means a participant as defined in clause (g) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Depositories Act, 1996 (22 of 1996);
(v) "eligible securities" means any of the following:-
(a) equity shares, on the day of purchase, falling in the list of equity declared as "BSE-100" or " CNX-100" by the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange, as the case may be;
(b) equity shares of public sector enterprises which are categorised as Maharatna, Navratna or Miniratna by the Central Government;
(c) Units of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) or Mutual Fund (MF) schemes with Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme (RGESS) eligible securities as underlying, as mentioned in sub-clause (i) or sub-clause (ii) above, provided they are listed and traded on a stock exchange and settled through a depository mechanism;
(d) Follow on Public Offer of sub-clauses (i) and (ii) above;
(e) New Fund Offers (NFOs) of sub-clause (iii) above;
(f) Initial Public Offer of a public sector undertaking wherein the government shareholding is at least fifty-one per cent. which is scheduled for getting listed in the relevant previous year and whose annual turnover is not less than four thousand crore rupees during each of the preceding three years;
(vi) " financial year" means a year commencing on the 1st day of April and ending on the 31st day of March;
(vii) "Form" means the Form appended to the Scheme;
(viii) "investment" means investment by an assessee in any of the eligible securities in accordance with the Scheme;
(ix) "new retail investor" means the following resident individuals:-
(a) any individual who has not opened a demat account and has not made any transactions in the derivative segment as on the date of notification of the Scheme;
(b) any individual who has opened a demat account before the notification of the Scheme but has not made any transactions in the equity segment or the derivative segment till the date of notification of the Scheme, and any individual who is not the first account holder of an existing joint demat account shall be deemed to have not opened a demat account for the purposes of this Scheme
(x) "Scheme" means the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme;
(xi) words and expressions used and not defined in this Scheme, but defined in the Act, shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in the Act.
The deduction under the Scheme shall be available to a new retail investor who complies with the conditions of the Scheme and whose gross total income for the...