Floating Rate Savings Bonds, 2020

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The Government has notified the new Floating Rate Savings Bonds, 2020 (Taxable)Scheme in place of 7.75 percent Savings (Taxable) Bonds, 2018Scheme which ceased for subscription from the close of banking business on May 28, 2020. The broad features of the new Floating Rate Savings Bonds, 2020 (Taxable) scheme are given below :

  • Eligibility: The Bonds may be held by
  • (i) a person resident in India,-
  • (a) in his individual capacity, or
  • (b) in individual capacity on a joint basis, or
  • (c) in individual capacity on anyone or survivor basis, or
  • (d) on behalf of a minor as father/mother/legal guardian
  • (ii) a Hindu Undivided Family.
  • Issue price, minimum subscription: The Bonds will be issued at Rs 100 for a minimum amount of Rs 1,000 (nominal value) and in multiples thereof. There will be no maximum limit for investment in the Bonds.
  • Date of Issue: The Bonds, in the form of Bonds Ledger Account, will be issued from the date of tender of cash (up to Rs 20,000 only), or date of realization of cheque/draft/funds. The Bonds will be issued only in the form of Bond Ledger Account and may be held at the credit of the holder in an account called Bond Ledger Account (BLA). The investors will be issued a Certificate of Holding for the same.
  • Payment option: Subscription to the Bonds will be in the form of cash (up to Rs 20,000)/drafts/cheques or any electronic mode acceptable to the Receiving Office. Cheques or drafts should be drawn in favour of the Receiving Office and payable at the place where the applications are tendered.
  • Repayment/Tenor: The Bonds shall be repayable on the expiration of seven years from the date of issue. Premature redemption shall be allowed for specified categories of senior citizens. Applications will be received at the branches of SBI, Nationalised banks and specified private sector banks, either directly or through their agents.
  • Interest Rate(Floating): The interest on the bonds is payable semi-annually on 1st January and 1st July every year. The coupon on 1st January 2021 shall be paid at 7.15%. The Interest rate for next half-year will be reset every six months, the first reset being on January 01, 2021. There is no option to pay interest on a cumulative basis.
  • Tax treatment: Interest earned on the Bonds will be taxable under the Income-tax Act, 1961 as amended from time to time and as applicable according to the relevant tax status of the Bonds holder.
  • Transferability and Nomination: The Bonds in the form of Bond Ledger Account shall not be transferable except transfer to a nominee/legal heir in case of death of the holder of the bonds. A sole holder or all the joint holders of Bonds, being individuals, may nominate in Form C or as near thereto as maybe, one or more persons who shall be entitled to the Bonds and the payment thereon, in the event of their death.
  • Note that the Bonds shall not be tradable in the secondary market and shall not be eligible as collateral for loans from banks, financial Institutions and Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) etc. Brokerage at the rate of 0.5% of the amount mobilized will be paid to the Receiving Offices and they shall share at least 50% of the brokerage so received with brokers/sub-brokers registered with them.
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