September 9, 2004
Bhadra 18,1926 (S)
The General Manager
State Bank of India
Government Accounts Department
SBI/Associate Banks/14 Nationalised Banks/
PPF Scheme 1968 - Premature closure of PPF Accounts,
Claims cases on death of Account holders etc.
Please refer to para No. three
of our circular letter No.CO.DT.15.02.001/H-1651/2002-03 dated 16th September
2. Government of India vide their
letters No.F.7/11/02-NS-II dated 8th September 2003 and 27th August 2004 have
issued following clarifications/instructions for the Agency banks operating
the captioned Scheme :
i) Generally, the cases on the
ground of migration abroad, marriage, retirement/suspension from job do not
merit relexation of rules for premature closure of PPF A/c.
ii) Only those cases of extreme
compassionate ground (such as medical support in life-threatening deceases )
and death cases deserve consideration for grant of premature closure.
iii) Only those death-claim cases,
where the existing rules are silent or where relaxation of provisions
specified is involved, should be forwarded to Government of India for consideration
with full details.
iv) Agency banks/branches should
settle such death-claim cases as far as possible at their end, in terms of the
provisions in paragraph No. 12 of PPF Scheme, 1968.
3. In view of above Government
of India instructions, you are advised to ensure that PPF settlement cases are
finalized at your Zonal Office/Head Office level, as per the existing provisions
of the Scheme and the same should not be referred to Government of India in
a routine manner. You are, therefore, requested to issue suitable instructions
to your Regional/Zonal Offices and the designated branches under advice to us.
4. Pleas acknowledge receipt of
(D. Rajagopala Rao)
Dy. General Manager