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Govt. modifies Gold Monetization Scheme


New Delhi : The government has modified the Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS) after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued a master direction on the scheme on January 21.

The modification comes in wake of the suggestions received to make the scheme easier for the customers to participate.

Accordingly, the RBI has in consultation with the government issued a Master Direction on GMS on January 21, 2016, which amends the Master Direction dated October 22, 2015, earlier issued by the RBI on GMS.

The changes made in the scheme are as follows:-

1). Premature redemption under Medium and Long Term Government Deposits (MLTGD): Any Medium Term Deposit will be allowed to be withdrawn after three years and any Long Term Deposit after five years. These will be subject to a reduction in the interest payable.

2). Fees to be paid to Banks for their services i.e. gold purity testing charges, refining, storage and transportation charges etc. on Medium and Long Term Gold Deposits. Effectively the banks would be getting a 2.5 percent commission for the scheme which will include the charges payable to the Collection and Purity Testing Centres/Refiners.

3). Gold depositors can also give their gold directly to the refiner rather than only through the Collection and Purity Testing Centres (CPTCs). This will encourage the bulk depositors including Institutions to participate in the scheme.

4). Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has modified the licensing condition for refiners already having National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) accreditation from the existing three years refining experience to one year refining experience. This is likely to increase the number of licensed refiners.

5). BIS has published an Expression of Interest (EOI) on its website inviting applications from the more than 13,000 licensed jewellers to act as a CPTC in the scheme, provided they have tie-up with BIS’s licensed refiners.

6). The quantity of gold collected under the scheme will be expressed up to three decimals of a gram. This will give the consumer better value for the gold deposited.

7). Gold to be deposited with the CPTCs/Refineries can be of any purity. The CPTC/Refiner will test the gold and determine its purity which will be basis on which the deposit certificate will be issued.

8). Banks are free to hedge their positions in the case of short-term deposits.

9). Issues like the method of interest calculation and mechanism for taking loans against

GMS deposits have also been clarified.

Indian Banks Association (IBA) will communicate the list of the BIS licensed CPTCs and refiners to the banks.

To increase awareness among depositors, the government had continued the media campaign in AIR and FM radio. Print media and Mobile SMS campaign is also being undertaken.

The government has also launched the dedicated website and toll free number 18001800000, which provide all the information of the schemes.

As on January 20, 2016, a total of 900.087 kilo grams of gold have been mobilized through the scheme.

It is expected that the above modifications will make the scheme more attractive for potential depositors. (ANI)

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