MLM / Chain Money
Parliamentary Committee express concern over SEBI’s inaction against Ponzi schemes
The Moily Committee, in its report said, SEBI needs to become more transparent, vigilant and accountable in their regulatory action, showing the same level of alacrity as in the case of Sahara while dealing with Ponzi companies
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance while expressing concern over Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)'s inaction on Ponzi or chain-money schemes since 2010, said that the market regulator should show same level of alacrity while dealing with these companies as in the case of Sahara.
The Committee headed by Congress leader M Veerappa Moily says over the past one year, SEBI has initiated action against 200 Ponzi, fraudulent, bogus and deemed public issues under section 67 of the Companies Act, 1956. "The Committee also observe that after receiving complaints, SEBI initiated enquiry, but the interim order took two to three years, whereas the final order took more than five years and during this interim period the Ponzi company's promoters one way or the other collected thousands of crores of additional amounts from the small investors. The Committee would now expect SEBI to become more transparent, vigilant and accountable in their regulatory action, showing the same level of alacrity as in the case of Sahara," the Committee said in its report presented to the Lok Sabha Speaker on 7 October 2015. 
Need for a nodal department to deal with Ponzi, MLMs
The Moily Committee noted that there are several cases relating to unauthorised financial schemes pending at different levels for investigation, prosecution, adjudication or compliance. It said,"...a nodal Department of the Central Government, say Department of Economic Affairs under Ministry of Finance should compile and consolidate updates on these cases and facilitate coordinated action with concerned agencies like SEBI, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Department of Financial Services (DFS), Department of Agriculture & Cooperation and Ministry of Consumer Affairs through digital backbone. The Central investigative agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Enforcement Directorate (ED), and Investigation Wing of Income Tax as also the enforcement agencies from the concerned States may also be involved in this exercise." 
The Committee also directed the follow-up action initiated on this count along with a status note should be submitted before it within three months of the presentation of this Report.
In its submission before the Committee, the DFS stated that around the promulgation of SEBI (CIS) Regulation, 1999, the market regulator had information about 664 companies collecting money illegally under CIS. Over the past three years, SEBI had passed orders against some of the large companies. Here is the list of additional nine companies against which SEBI had passed order.
SEBI told the Committee that it has received references or complaints against 292 companies for carrying on activities of CIS. So far activities of 46 companies with respect to applicability of SEBI (CIS) Regulations have been examined and complaints or references against 37 companies were closed as they were not CIS. In addition to the above SEBI is also dealing with prosecution proceedings initiated against 553 entities as on 31 March 2013. In view of the above, SEBI may require more man power in future to deal with the challenges ahead, the market regulator said.
SEBI said it has also written to the Finance Minister seeking power of attachment of bank accounts, sale of movable and immovable property similar to Income Tax Act for enforcement of its orders.
Expressing displeasure over judicial interventions, SEBI Chairman told the Committee that "It is very clear in the SEBI Act that an order passed by us can be appealed to Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) and against that an appeal can be filed on with the Supreme Court. The High Court has no jurisdiction on appellate side so far as SEBI Act is concerned. Nobody can contest their writ powers but under the appellate jurisdiction and under the SEBI Act, they have no powers. But we have dozens of examples where the High Courts are interfering...So obviously a District Court has no role. Here in case of MPS Greenery, five district courts of West Bengal Hooghly and Barasat-have given injunction orders. The SEBI had to go to the High Court. We did not get relief from the High Court. We went to the Supreme Court which directed the High Court to pass an order. But in the process, they went on collecting money...."
The Parliamentary Committee was told by SEBI that multi-level marketing (MLM) and online money collection activities did not come under its purview. "So far SEBI has come across two cases involving schemes collecting money from investors through internet. In one case, the entity was not offering any units or securities to the investors and was found to carry out MLM activities. Hence, it did not come under the purview of SEBI. The same was informed to the Ministry of Finance vide letter dated 5 August 2011. In the other case, it is seen that the entity claims to be a Mutual Aid Fund and it is a voluntary informal network of millions of people across the earth….Prima facie, the activities of the company do not fall within the purview of SEBI”.



V ganesan

2 years ago

recently torrent power merged with them the torrent cable.The record date is 16th october 2015.The quarterly result of torrent power says the shares are allotted on 23rd october.But till today the sharesare not credited.I already send amail to the company and contacted the registrar and company.I am not receiving proper reply till now

Vaibhav Dhoka

2 years ago

Since inception SEBI is never seen to be active and take care of Investors grievances.grievance has formulated web based investors grievance holding that all Indian investors are e. knowledge d.AS one gates routine reply that your grievance is filed.They should produce data to show the same.Inaction or delayed action is rule in India may it be SEBI judiciary or any one as there is no accountability here.

Arun Kamerkar

2 years ago

What is discussed in this article are cases of big fishes but what about the many shark who are galloping money of innocent people specialty senior citizen and retired persons. Here I am giving my case cheated by M/s Bansal Finstock Pvt Ltd. We are all 15 persons cheated by this company from 2 Lakh to 19 Lakh each.

This fraud and cheating is done by M/s Bansal Finstock Pvt Ltd,for amount of Rs. 1,01000/- trough my trading account with them,

During first week of June 2015, relationship manager meet me at my home & insisted to open trading account with them & promised that they will do trading on my behalf in future and option and give me assured returns of 4% per month. Accordingly I opened trading A/C by filling necessary forms and and deposited Rs. 101000/- cheque payment on 1 June 2015.
I started receiving calls form relationship manager (R.M.) from 8 June to invest in scrip in F & O & immediately I use to get call from their trading dept to give instruction to purchase and sell as suggested by R.M.
This way continued up to 18 June (9 trading sessions) and I received S.M.S. on 18 june evening to pay cheque for short of margin money in my A/C of Rs.5790.65 suddenly I realized that all my deposited money has vanished in brokerages and I have been cheated for around Rs.1 lakh.
When I talked to R.M. he gave me explanation that due to bad market, he could not make money as promised but could not explain me why he has me why he has traded so vigorously just in 9 trading session and make me loss of Rs.1 lakh as brokerage only ???? He Just said Galati ho gaya.
It shows this is their regular trick to attract people like me and cheat them ans receive hefty money as brokerage in short time.
As I been cheated I send e-mail to their head office at Bhavnagar explaining situation of wasting my hard earned money of Rs. 1 lakh as mainly brokerage, which is purely fraud and cheating. I received answer back that their Mumbai office will sort out this issue but Mumbai staff informed me that They are sorry for what had happened and cannot do any more thing.
Hereby I request you to guide me how to bring this issue to justice and receive my lost money and make other people to be aware from cheating by


Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

In Reply to Arun Kamerkar 2 years ago

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Government, RBI in accord on monetary policy committee: Rajan
Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan said on Thursday that the government and the RBI have agreed on composition of the monetary policy committee (MPC) that will set the central bank's interest rates.
"MPC agreement has been largely done. Only fine-tuning is left. The government and RBI are broadly on the same page on composition of MPC," Rajan told reporters here.
He also said the decision on when to set up the committee will be taken by the finance ministry.
Under the current system, the RBI governor has the veto over the existing advisory committee, composed of RBI members and outside appointees, that decides on policy rates.
A draft Indian Financial Code was released by the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission earlier this year, inviting comments from the public.
Besides taking away the Reserve Bank of India governor's authority to veto interest rate decisions, the draft also proposed that the monetary policy committee would have four representatives of the government and only three from the central bank, including the RBI 'chairperson'.
The draft also said that the RBI "must constitute a Monetary Policy Committee to determine by majority vote on the policy rate required to achieve the inflation target".
The current practice is that the RBI governor consults a Technical Advisory Committee, but does not necessarily go by the majority opinion while deciding on the monetary policy.
The revised draft of the IFC, which is conceived as an overarching legislation for the financial sector, says "inflation target for each financial year will be determined in terms of the consumer price index by the central government in consultation with the Reserve Bank every three years".
Apart from the RBI 'chairperson', the monetary policy committee would consist of five members - an executive member of the Reserve Bank Board, an employee of the RBI nominated by the RBI 'chairperson' and others appointed by the government.
In the original draft, the RBI 'chairperson' had power to "supersede the decision" of the committee in "exceptional and unusual circumstances".
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Robotic lab is pride of Gurgaon government school

A robo lab enables students design, operate and apply robots as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing


In what is claimed to be a first in the country, a government school here has been equipped with a robotic lab - with a smart class on the way - to go beyond the routine curriculum and spark the interest of generation next in the Make in India and Skill India initiatives.
"With our Robo Siksha Kendra initiative, we are not only developing robotics knowledge but focussing on 21st century skills and providing opportunities to access contemporary educational tools," Sudhanshu Sharma, founder of the India Stem Foundation that has equipped the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya with the robo lab, told IANS.
A robo lab enables students design, operate and apply robots as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing. They cost Rs.10-12 lakhs and are only now making a beginning in a few private schools.
So, how did the Gurgaon school come to be chosen?
"The Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas are a unique concept under the ministry of human resource development specifically to find talented children in rural areas of India and provide them with an education equivalent to the best residential school system. We chose this school as a CSR initiative as it falls in our catchment area," Sharma explained.
Not surprisingly, the lab will make you think you are in an upscale private school but the major difference is that the school doesn't charge any fees for academics and boarding and lodging.
The experience will soon be enhanced with a Smart Class funded by Samsung electronics.
The NGO is planning to replicate the initiative in four more government schools to provide deprived and underprivileged children access to fun-centric learning experience beyond their traditional four walls and acquire hands-on learning experience to face the challenges of daily life.
"Such an initiative has never been taken before in India," Sharma added.
Along with the robo lab, the NGO is also providing training to the teachers, who, in turn will take the process forward. It will also look after the maintenance and upgradation aspects.
School principal Suman Negi is pleased as punch.
"I am grateful to have the chance to mentor and make my students learn with these gadgets while having fun at the same time," Negi told IANS.
"These kids get to work together as a team, and get to design and execute solutions to complicated problems. Robotics is fulfilling, as I believe the most fulfilling toy is the one that you build yourself," Negi added.
Belonging to lower middle-class families, these children may not be in hi-tech and expensive schools and have easy access to gadgets, but they are no less comfortable with technology. Besides, they have the right ideas for their use, Negi said.
In September, children from the school participated in Indian Robotic Olympiad (IRO) where they did not win any trophies but won the hearts of the audience with good scores that inspired them to again participate next year.
"This time, our robot performed only one task. Other robots did more than ours. Our participation prepared us for the next year's competition, for which we have already started working hard," said a bright-eyed Dikshit Yadav, a class 9 student.
"We have the best students in our district from rural areas and our vision is to create the best of facilities for them," Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner T.L. Satyaprakash, the chairman of the school, told IANS.
"Our efforts are well-aligned with the prime minister's visions of Make in India and Skill India. Such initiatives are the way to equip our youth with the necessary skill sets and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow," he added.
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