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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme plan may allow trading in top 100 stocks

The proposed Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme is expected to come with safeguards that will permit small investors to purchase shares only in the top 100 stocks traded on BSE and NSE.

An exception is, however, expected to be made for public sector companies with the government likely to relax the rule to allow trading in stocks that are part of the top 500 list. The move is aimed at increasing retail participation in not just the stock market but also in disinvestment exercise .

The scheme will allow 50% deduction for those who invest up to Rs 50,000 in stocks, provided their taxable income is below Rs 10 lakh. While the funds will not be allowed to be withdrawn for three years, even churning of portfolio is not permitted during the first one year. The scheme can be availed only once in a lifetime. "Details on it should be out in a month's time," finance secretary R S Gujral said on sidelines of a Ficci meet.

The government has drawn upon the experience in Europe which had tried the model and increased retail participation in the 1970s. A similar scheme, with much higher cut-off , was first tried in France which was then used by Belgium, West Germany and Sweden.

Source: EconomicTimes


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