The funds of about Rs12,740 crore do not indicate towards the quantum of the much-debated alleged black money held by Indians in the safe havens of Switzerland
New Delhi: Switzerland on Thursday said the quantum of money held by Indians in Swiss banks stood at 2.18 billion Swiss francs (about Rs12,740 crore) at the end of 2011 -- rising for the first time in the past five years, reports PTI.
The total funds held by Indian individuals and entities include 2.025 billion Swiss francs held directly by them and 158 million held through 'fiduciaries' or wealth managers, shows the latest data disclosed by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) in its annual handbook on Swiss banks published on Thursday.
The funds, described by SNB as 'liabilities' of Swiss banks towards their clients from India, are the official figures disclosed by the Swiss authorities and do not indicate towards the quantum of the much-debated alleged black money held by Indians in the safe havens of Switzerland.
Also, SNB's official figures do not include the money that Indians or other nationals might have in Swiss banks in the names of others. While there is no official estimate for such unaccounted funds, but some estimates put it as high as $20-$25 billion.
As per the data from SNB, Switzerland's central bank, the quantum of funds held by Indians in Swiss banks had last increased in 2006 by about one billion Swiss francs to 6.5 billion Swiss francs (over Rs40,000 crore), but fell to less than one-third by the end of 2010. It rose by about Rs3,500 crore in 2011.
In a White Paper on black money tabled in Parliament last month, the Indian government had also mentioned that the total liabilities of Swiss banks towards Indians have been coming down since 2006 and fell by more than Rs14,000 crore during the 2006-2010 period.
The liabilities stood at Rs9,295 crore at the end of 2010, compared to Rs23,373 crore in 2006.
The minimum support price for common grade variety of paddy has been increased to Rs1,250 per quintal from Rs1,080
New Delhi: In view of rising input costs, the Indian government on Thursday announced Rs170 per quintal hike in support price of paddy to farmers at Rs1,250 for the 2012-13 crop year, reports PTI.
The minimum support price (MSP) of paddy and other Kharif (summer) crops has been approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), an highly placed source said after the CCEA meeting.
The MSP for common grade variety of paddy has been increased to Rs1,250 per quintal from Rs1,080 in the previous year. Similarly, the support price for 'A' grade variety of paddy has been raised to Rs 1,280 per quintal from Rs 1,110.
The increase in the support price of paddy is in line with the recommendations made by the Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices, which recommends the government on farm pricing policy.
Paddy is grown in both kharif and rabi season. The Kharif sowing begins with the start of the south-west monsoon in June and harvesting that starts from October.
India produced a record 103.41 million tonnes of rice in the 2011-12 crop year. Higher MSP has been announced to give better returns to paddy farmers, whose cost of cultivation has risen substantially due to rise in cost of labour, power and fertiliser.