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PM Modi launches three gold-related schemes

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched three gold-related schemes, including a coin engraved with the images of national emblem Ashok Chakra and Mahatma Gandhi on its two sides, in a bid to put some 20,000 tonnes of idle gold into productive use.

The other two schemes launched here are the gold monetisation scheme to convert jewellery and other yellow metal assets with people into interest-bearing deposits, and the sovereign bond scheme with an eight-year tenure, while allowing an exit option after five years.

We take a look at all three schemes:

Gold coins

-The coins will be available in denominations of 5 and 10 grams. A 20 gram bar or bullion will also be available. About 15,000 coins of 5 gm, 20,000 coins of 10 gm and 3,750 gold bullions will be made available through MMTC outlets.

-The Indian Gold coin is unique in many aspects and will carry advanced anti-counterfeit features and tamper proof packaging that will aid easy recycling.

-These coins will be distributed through designated and recognised MMTC outlets.

Gold Monetisation Scheme

Resident Indians (individuals, HUF, trusts, including mutual funds/exchange traded funds registered under Sebi norms) can make deposits under the scheme. The minimum deposit at any one time will be raw gold (bars, coins, jewellery excluding stones and other metals) equivalent to 30 grams of the precious metal of 995 fineness. There is no maximum limit for deposit under the scheme and the metal will be accepted at the Collection and Purity Testing Centres (CPTC) certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards.

Sovereign Gold Bond

Instead of buying gold in physical form investors can park their money in bonds which are backed by gold. The bonds will be available both in demat and paper form. Sovereign Gold Bond has more or equal advantage against the physical gold. The bond will be issued by RBI on behalf of the Government of India. The bond would be restricted for sale to resident Indian entities and the maximum allowable limit is 500 grams per person per year.
According to the World Gold Council, an estimated 22,000-23,000 tonnes of gold is lying idle with households and institutions in India. The annual imports amount to around 850-1,000 tonnes valued at $35-$45 billion.

These schemes will tap the festive season ahead of Dhanteras and Diwali.

(With inputs from various sources)

 

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PNB says no “cash shortage” in its ATMs

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sought to allay fears amidst reports of a cash crunch and empty ATMs in the country

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State-run Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Wednesday said there is no “cash shortage in its ATMs across the country.

“Overall, Punjab National Bank has not faced any cash shortage in its ATMs across the country and continue to function as usual,” the state-run lender said in a statement. “Out of 9,679 PNB ATMs, there is a 90 per cent availability of ATMs which is normal.”

PNB denies claims of cash shortage.

On Tuesday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sought to allay fears amidst reports of a cash crunch and empty ATMs in the country by stating that “there is more than adequate currency in circulation”, even as the government blamed “unusual demand” for shortages in some areas.

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Besides, the central government announced that it has decided to increase printing of Rs 500 notes by five times. In addition, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that it is “taking steps to move currency to areas” which have witnessed unusually large cash withdrawals.

“The shortage may be felt in some pockets largely due to logistical issues of replenishing ATMs frequently and the recalibration of ATMs being still underway. RBI is closely monitoring both these aspects,” the RBI had said in a statement on Tuesday. “Further, as a matter of abundant precaution, RBI is also taking steps to move currency to areas which are witnessing unusually large cash withdrawals.” IANS

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