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Master Directions on Relief/Savings Bonds

IDMD.CDD No.21/13.01.299/2018-19

July 2, 2018

The Chairman / Managing Director
Head Office (Government Accounts Department)
State Bank of India
All Nationalized banks
(Excluding Punjab and Sind Bank & Andhra Bank)
Axis Bank Ltd./ICICI Bank Ltd./HDFC Bank Ltd./
Stock Holding Corporation of India Ltd. (SHCIL)

Dear Sir/Madam,

Master Directions on Relief/Savings Bonds

The rules and regulations applicable to Relief/Savings Bonds have been updated with instructions issued up to June 30, 2018 in the Master Directions on Relief/Savings Bonds. The directions facilitate availability of all the current operative instructions on the above subject at one place and will be updated suitably and simultaneously whenever there is a change in the rules/regulations or there is a change in the policy. These directions have been placed on RBI website

Yours faithfully,

(A. Mangalagiri)
Chief General Manager

Encl. 1


Sr. No Contents
A Appointment / delisting of brokers
B Payment & rates of brokerage for Savings Bonds
C Nomination facility for Relief/Savings Bonds


1. Procedure for enrollment / registration of brokers

Receiving Offices may follow a simple procedure for enrolment/registration of brokers. The broker seeking enrolment/registration may submit the request for registration on their business letterhead together with business data to the Receiving Offices. The Receiving Office should allot a code number to the broker which should be quoted by the broker on all applications tendered at the Receiving offices for claiming brokerage.

2. Appointment of sub-agents by Receiving Offices

It has come to our notice that some Receiving Offices have engaged the services of other banks as brokers/agents for receiving applications and the latter are using the name of RBI in their publicity material and billboards stating that RBI has appointed them as brokers for Relief/Savings Bond business. We advise that in cases where Receiving Offices engage the services of other banks/institutions as a broker or agent, the Receiving Office which have appointed them are solely responsible for their activities as an agents/brokers. RBI's name should not be used by such agents/brokers.

3. Delisting of brokers

The names of the dormant brokers, who have been dormant for say 2 years, may be delisted after giving a due notice if, no fresh business is forthcoming from these brokers.


1. Rates of brokerage

  1. Brokerage at the rate of ₹ 0.50 (Fifty paise only) per ₹ 100/- will be paid to brokers registered/enrolled with the Receiving Offices on applications tendered for investment in the bonds in the form of Bond Ledger Account (BLA) at Receiving Offices on behalf of their clients and bearing their stamp.

  2. No brokerage is payable in case the broker is one of the investors/applicants.

2. No TDS on payment of brokerage

No tax is required to be deducted at source by the Receiving Office while making payment of brokerage in respect of the Relief/Savings Bonds business canvassed by brokers in terms of Section 194 (H) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

3. Brokerage claims

  1. Receiving Offices are to settle the brokerage claims expeditiously, and in any case, not later than 30 days from the date of subscription.

  2. Receiving Offices are advised to first settle the brokerage claims and thereafter seek reimbursement from RBI.

  3. As a measure towards improvement in customer service, Receiving Offices may arrange to pay the brokerage to the agents, on a monthly basis by credit to their accounts through ECS after obtaining requisite mandate from them.

  4. Reimbursement of brokerage claims in respect of Relief/Savings Bonds has been centralized at CAS Nagpur from July 01, 2002, and it has been decided that 90% of the brokerage due to Receiving Offices, on the basis of funds remitted/reported to CAS as at the close of business of the month, will be paid on the 3rd working day of the succeeding month. The balance 10% is to be settled on submission of Appendix IV statement.


1. A sole holder or all the joint holders (investors) of a Relief/Savings Bond held in the form of a BLA may nominate one or more persons who in the event of death of the sole holder/all the joint holders, as the case may be, would be entitled to the Relief/Savings Bond and to the payment thereon, provided that the person or each of the persons nominated is himself/herself competent to hold a similar bond.

2. The nomination should be made before maturity of the bond.

3. When nomination has been made in favour of two or more nominees, in the event of the death of either or any of them, the surviving nominee or nominees, as the case may be, shall be entitled to the Relief/Savings Bond and payment thereon.

4. A nomination made by the holder(s) of a Relief/Savings Bond may be varied or cancelled by making a fresh nomination in the prescribed manner and intimating the same in writing to the branch of the Receiving Office where the BLA is maintained and shall be effective from the date of such registration. Nomination will also stand cancelled if the holder(s) transfers the bonds to another party (wherever applicable).The transferee will have to register a new nominee.

5. If the nominee is a minor, the holder(s) of the Relief/Savings Bond may appoint any person, not being a minor, to receive the proceeds of a Relief/Savings Bond on behalf of the nominee in the event of his/her/their death during the minority of the nominee.

6. The investor(s) can make separate nomination for each investment in a Bond Ledger Account (BLA) (subject to 2 above).

7. Receiving Offices to issue ‘Acknowledgement of Nomination.'

8. In case of 8 % Savings (Taxable) Bonds, 2003 the sole holder or all the joint holders can also nominate a Non-resident Indian (NRI) as his/her/their nominee(s) and remittance of interest payment and/or maturity value, as the case may be, will be governed by the regulations framed under FEMA 1999 as applicable to NRIs. The nomination facilities to NRIs is not available in case of 7.75% Savings (Taxable) Bonds, 2018 Scheme (currently the only scheme open for subscription).

Exceptions – No nomination is permissible in the following cases

  1. When the BLA is held by an adult on behalf of a minor;

  2. When the holder has no beneficial interest in the BLA but holds it in an official or fiduciary capacity


The various circulars/instructions issued by RBI based on which the above Master Direction is prepared are listed below:

i) Memorandum of Procedure' for Relief Bonds.
ii) CO.DT.13.01.201/4087/2000-01 dated February 16, 2001
iii) CO.DT.13.01.201/4854/2000-01 dated March 19, 2001
iv) CO.DT.13.01.298/H-3410/2003-04 dated December 20, 2003
v) CO.DT.13.01.299/H-3426/2003-04 dated December 20, 2003
vi) DGBA.CDD. No.H-2173/13.01.299/2008-09 dated September 2, 2008
vii) CO.DT./13.01.201 / 692 / 2000-01 dated August 9, 2000)
viii) CO.DT./13.01.251/5341/2001-02 dated January 4, 2000
ix) CO.DT./13.01.201/4890/1999-00 dated March 6, 2000
x) CO.DT./13.01.201/432/2000-01 dated July 25, 2000
xi) GOI Notification No.F.4 (1-W&M/99 dated July 21, 2000
xii) CO.DT./13.01.298/H-2411/2003-04 dated October 29, 2003
xiii) CO.DT./201/5900/2000-01 dated May 28, 2001
xiv) CO.DT./13.01.298/H-3660/2003-04 dated January 3, 2004
xv) CO.DT./13.01.201/4668/2000-01 dated March 8, 2001
xvi) CO.DT.13.01.298/H-4677/2002-03 dated May 23, 2003
xvii) CO.DT.13.01.272/11032/2001-02 dated June 25, 2002
xviii) CO.DT.13.01.272/H-2906 / 2002-03 dated February 26, 2003
xix) IDMD.CDD.No.1671/13.01.299/2017-18 dated January 03, 2018
xx) IDMD.CDD.No.1728/13.01.299/2017-18 dated January 08, 2018.

(In case detailed clarifications are required on specific issues, the circulars indicated above may please be referred to)