Banks are at present undertaking a one-time exercise to ensure 100% compliance of the KYC procedures by account-holders
The finance ministry is likely to recommend freezing and closure of bank accounts found suspicious during the ongoing exercise by banks to collect information under the 'Know Your Customer' (KYC) norms, reports PTI.
Banks in both the public and private sector are at present undertaking a one-time exercise to ensure 100% compliance of the KYC procedures from all, new and old, customers.
The KYC filing includes sharing personal and other details by a bank customer to the respective banks. All the banks have asked their customers to file fresh and updated details to help compile a fresh list of the account holders as instructed by RBI.
The KYC, suggested by banking regulator RBI to be mandatorily undertaken by all the banks, is a vital procedure adopted by the financial institutions to check money laundering and tackling of terrorist-related financing.
"Once the KYC compliance, as notified by various banks on the directions of the RBI, is completed by this month end the enforcement agencies keeping track of suspicious transactions will suggest freezing or termination of non-KYC accounts," a senior Revenue Department official said today.
However, the final decision rests with the management of individual banks, the official said.
The guidelines for KYC, prepared by Indian Banking Association (IBA) in consultation with financial intelligence units of the country, have also underlined customer profile, account opening procedures, establishing relationship with specific categories of customers as well as an illustrative list of suspicious activities.
Financial enforcement agencies like the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Financial Intelligence Unit will also have a better input of the account holder from the banks once they demand information on spotting a suspicious account or transaction, the official said.
The step is aimed at strengthening Anti-money laundering mechanism and checking terror financing through Indian banking channels, the official said.
Under Section 12 (c) of the Prevention of Money Laundering (PMLA) Act, banking companies, financial institutions and intermediaries of securities market have to mandatorily "verify and maintain the records of the identity of all its clients".
Axis MF has added 1.56 lakh folios since November 2009 while JPMorgan, ING Investments and HSBC MF have seen their folios dwindling
Equity funds have lost 2.87 lakh investor accounts between November 2009 and May 2010 when the mutual fund (MF) industry witnessed the launch of 10 new equity funds in the same period. Reliance Mutual Fund has lost the most accounts in its equity schemes. Its folios decreased from 63.89 lakh in November 2009 to 61.06 lakh in May 2010, a decline of 2.83 lakh folios. Similarly, L&T MF, Franklin Templeton and Tata MF have seen their aggregate equity folios dropping by 3.27 lakh in the same period.
Folios are numbers designated to the investor accounts. Each investor can have multiple accounts.
The 37 fund houses lost around 2.87 lakh folios in equity schemes from November 2009 to May 2010.
The 30-share Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex has remained flat between November 2009-May 2010.
According to the data available on the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI) website, 19 fund houses have lost an average 8% of their folios since November 2009. Axis MF had 491 folios in November 2009, which increased to 1,56,971 folios at the end of May 2010. Among the larger fund houses, HDFC Asset Management Co Ltd, UTI Asset Management Company Ltd and Birla Sun Life Asset Management Co Ltd together added 6.53 lakh investor accounts since November 2009.
Tata Asset Management Ltd, SBI Funds Management Pvt Ltd, Reliance Capital Asset Management Ltd, LIC Mutual Fund Asset Management Co Ltd, ICICI Prudential and Franklin Templeton together lost 5.81 lakh investor accounts in the same period.
The 37 fund houses added just 49,153 folios between November 2009 and May 2010.
The spate of emails warning you about high tides and dangerous monsoon days has begun. Instead of wondering if the warnings are genuine or staying at home in a panic, you can verify whether the information is true by conducting some checks on your own
The monsoon is all set to hit Mumbai in the next 18 hours and the spate of emails warning of bad rain days has already begun. Ever since the killer deluge of 26 July 2005, emails warning of high-tide days or heavy rain days have become an annual feature. Non governmental organisations (NGOs), concerned citizens and disaster management services send out emails that are occasionally accurate, but more often than not, create needless panic.
How do you decide whether to heed these warnings and stay home or ignore them and risk trouble? Moneylife decided to check the authenticity of the first such email this season and discovered that we can access accurate information ourselves.
In Mumbai, the popular logic is that high tides cause flooding because seawater enters the storm-water drains. After the cloudburst in July 2005, high tides that occur during the day are flagged off as those that are most likely to cause widespread water-logging and chaos. The disaster control management cell of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) corroborates this.
According to the MCGM, a high tide of more than 4.5 metres above sea level, coupled with very heavy rains, is likely to cause hardships to citizens as the seawater will enter storm-water drains, leading to flooding in low-lying areas of the city.
The MCGM receives information on high tides from the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), in Colaba, south Mumbai. The table (based on the information that MCGM has received) indicates the high-tide periods during the monsoon months.The table also provides all the helplines, which will give you the latest updates closer to the actual dates when there is a high-tide warning.
Over the past couple of years, MCGM has been informing people about high tides through mass public service SMSs. It also informs the media so that they can alert people.
The disaster management control cell has two separate helplines, one for rainfall disaster and another for civic complaints. Sources from the cell also said that any data being broadcast has to be verified by the MCGM commissioner. The MCGM has various regional departments to collect the weather-related data, which is then circulated to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The IMD may circulate the same data to other organisations.
In the future, this data may be available on the government's websites, too. But as of now, most of the data is a compilation made to help sailors.
So the next time you see a warning flash, check with the different agencies and only then form your opinion, instead of blindly trusting these organisations or sources.