Third Tranche of SGB from 8th March, 2016 to 14th March, 2016, as per initial figures, show more than 64,000 Applications received for a total subscription of 1128 Kilograms of Gold amounting to Rs. 329 crore; SGB to be issued on March 29, 2016.
The trend during the Third Tranche of SGB shows that the scheme is gradually picking-up amongst the investors with increase in awareness and more clarity about the provisions of the scheme.
The Third Tranche of SGB was kept open from 8th to 14th March, 2016. A Review Meeting through video conferencing was held with the Banks in national Capital by Shri Shaktikanta Das, Secretary, Economic Affairs before the opening of the issue. To increase the awareness amongst potential depositors, the Government had also launched the media campaign through AIR, FM radio, Print media, Mobile SMS, facebook and twitter.
It may be recalled that during the First Tranche of SGB issued in November 2015, 62169 applications were accepted for a total subscription of 915.953 Kilograms of gold amounting to Rs 246.20 crore by the Banks and Post Offices. In the Second Tranche of SGB from 18th January, 2016 to 22nd January, 2016, approximately 3.16 lakh applications were accepted for a total subscription of 2872.3 Kilograms of gold amounting to Rs 746.80 Cr crore by the Banks.
Earlier, the Government of India had launched the Sovereign Gold Bond (SGB) Scheme on 5th November, 2015. The objective of the scheme is to reduce the demand for physical gold and shift a part of the domestic savings used for purchase of gold, into financial savings.
Sovereign Gold Bonds are issued on behalf of Government of India in tranches by RBI, from time to time, on payment of the required amount in rupees. The Bonds are denominated in grams of gold and are restricted for sale to resident Indian entities including individuals, HUFs, trusts, Universities, charitable institutions. Minimum permissible investment is two grams of gold, value of which is to be paid in rupees. The maximum amount which could be subscribed is 500 grams per person per financial year. Government has fixed the rate of interest on gold bonds for the year 2015-16 as 2.75 % per annum, payable on half yearly basis. The tenor of the Bond is for a period of 8 years with exit option from 5th year onwards. On maturity, the investor will get the equivalent rupee value of the quantum of gold invested at the then prevailing price of gold. Exemption, from capital gains is available at redemption. Detailed information about the scheme is also available on the website www.finmin.nic.in/swarnabharat and on the toll free number 18001800000.