SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE BOARD OF INDIA
NOTIFICATION

Mumbai, the 9th November, 2021

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE BOARD OF INDIA (MUTUAL FUNDS) (THIRD AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS, 2021

SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2021/56.— In exercise of the powers conferred by section 30 read with clause (c) of sub-section (2) of section 11 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 (15 of 1992), the Board hereby makes the following regulations to further amend the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996, namely–

1. These Regulations may be called the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2021.

SEBI (Mutual Funds) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2021

2. They shall come into force on the thirtieth day from the date of publication of these regulations in the Official Gazette.

3. In the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996, –

I. In sub-regulation (1) of regulation 2,

i. clause (q) shall be substituted with the following clause, namely, –

“(q) “mutual fund” means a fund established in the form of a trust to raise monies through the sale of units to the public or a section of the public under one or more schemes for investing in securities, money market instruments, gold or gold related instruments, silver or silver related instruments, real estate assets and such other assets and instruments as may be specified by the Board from time to time:

Provided that infrastructure debt fund schemes may raise monies through private placement of units, subject to conditions specified in these regulations:

Provided further that mutual fund schemes investing in exchange traded commodity derivatives may hold the underlying goods in case of physical settlement of such contracts.”

ii. after clause (w), the following clauses shall be inserted, namely, –

“(wa) “silver exchange traded fund scheme” shall mean a mutual fund scheme that invests primarily in silver or silver related instruments;

(wb) “silver related instrument” shall mean such an instrument as may be specified by the Board from time to time, which has silver as the underlying product;”

II. Clause (g) of regulation 7 shall be substituted following clause, namely,

“(g) appointment of custodian in order to keep custody of the securities or goods or gold or gold related instruments or silver or silver related instruments or other assets of the mutual fund held in terms of these regulations, and provide such other custodial services as may be authorised by the trustees.”

III. In sub-regulation (1) of regulation 26,

i. after the first proviso, the following proviso shall be inserted, namely, –

“Provided further that in case of a silver exchange traded fund scheme, the assets of the scheme being silver or silver related instruments may be kept in the custody of a custodian registered with the Board:”

ii. in the fourth proviso, the word “also” shall be substituted with the word “further”.

IV. In regulation 43,

i. after clause (e) and before clause (f) in sub-regulation (1), the following clause shall be inserted, namely, –

“(ea) silver or silver related instruments;”

ii. after sub-regulation (5), the following sub-regulation shall be inserted, namely, –

“(6) Moneys collected under any silver exchange traded fund scheme shall be invested only in silver or silver related instruments, in accordance with sub-regulation (6) of regulation 44.”

V. In Regulation 44,

i. in proviso to sub-regulation (1), after the words “gold exchange traded fund scheme”, the words, “and silver exchange traded fund scheme” shall be inserted.

ii. after sub-regulation (5), the following sub-regulation shall be inserted, namely, –

“(6) A silver exchange traded fund scheme shall be subject to the following investment restrictions:

(a) the funds of any such scheme shall be invested only in silver or silver related instruments in accordance with its investment objective, except to the extent necessary to meet the liquidity requirements for honouring repurchases or redemptions, as disclosed in the offer document; and

(b) pending deployment of funds in accordance with clause (a), the mutual fund may invest such funds in short-term deposits of scheduled commercial banks.”

VI. After sub-clause (xiia) of clause (b) of sub-regulation 4 of regulation 52, the following sub-clause shall be inserted, namely, –

“(xiiaa) in case of a silver exchange traded fund scheme, recurring expenses incurred towards storage and handling of silver;”

VII. In Eighth Schedule, after para 3A, the following para shall be inserted, namely, –

“3B. Value of Silver:

The silver held by a silver exchange traded fund scheme shall be valued at the AM fixing price of London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) in US dollars per troy ounce for silver having a fineness of 999.0 parts per thousand, subject to the following:

(a) adjustment for conversion to metric measure as per standard conversion rates;

(b) adjustment for conversion of US dollars into Indian rupees as per the RBI reference rate declared by the Foreign Exchange Dealers Association of India (FEDAI); and

(c) addition of-

(i) transportation and other charges that may be normally incurred in bringing such silver from London to the place where it is actually stored on behalf of the mutual fund; and

(ii) notional customs duty and other applicable taxes and levies that may be normally incurred to bring the silver from London to the place where it is actually stored on behalf of the mutual fund:

Provided that the adjustment under clause (c) above may be made on the basis of a notional premium that is usually charged for delivery of silver to the place where it is stored on behalf of the mutual fund:

Provided further that where the silver held by a silver exchange traded fund scheme has a greater fineness, the relevant LBMA prices of AM fixing shall be taken as the reference price under this sub-paragraph.”

AJAY TYAGI ,Chairman
[ADVT.-III/4/Exty./410/2021-22]

Footnote:

1. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996, the Principal Regulations, were published in the Gazette of India on December 9, 1996 vide S.O. No. 856 (E).

2. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996 were subsequently amended–

(1) on April 15, 1997 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 1997 vide S.O. No.327 (E).

(2) on January 12, 1998 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 1998 vide S.O. No.32 (E).

(3) on December 08, 1999 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 1999 vide S.O. No.1223 (E).

(4) on March 14, 2000 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2000 vide S.O. No.235 (E).

(5) on March 28, 2000 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Appeal to the Securities Appellate Tribunal) (Amendment) Regulations, 2000 vide S.O. No.278 (E).

(6) on May 22, 2000 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2000 vide S.O. No.484 (E).

(7) on January 23, 2001 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2001 vide S.O. No.69 (E).

(8) on May 29, 2001 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Investment Advice by Intermediaries) (Amendment) Regulations, 2001 vide S.O. No.476 (E).

(9) on July 23, 2001 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2001 vide S.O. No.698 (E).

(10) on February 20, 2002 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2002 vide S.O. No.219 (E).

(11) on June 11, 2002 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2002 vide S.O. No.625 (E).

(12) on July 30, 2002 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2002 vide S.O. No.809 (E).

(13) on September 9, 2002 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Fourth Amendment) Regulations, 2002 vide S.O. No.956 (E).

(14) on September 27, 2002 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Procedure for Holding Enquiry by Enquiry Officer and Imposing Penalty) Regulations, 2002 vide S.O. No.1045 (E).

(15) on May 29, 2003 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2003 vide S.O. No. 632 (E).

(16) on January 12, 2004 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2004 vide F.No. SEBI/LAD/DOP/4/2004.

(17) on March 10, 2004 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Criteria for Fit and Proper Person) Regulations, 2004 vide S.O. No. 398 (E).

(18) on January 12, 2006 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2006 vide S.O. No. 38 (E).

(19) on May 22, 2006 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2006 vide S.O. No. 783 (E).

(20) on August 3, 2006 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2006 vide S.O. No. 1254 (E).

(21) on December 27, 2006 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Fourth Amendment) Regulations, 2006 vide F. No. SEBI/LAD/DOP/82534/2006.

(22) on December 27, 2006 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Fifth Amendment) Regulations, 2006 vide F. No. SEBI/LAD/DOP/83065/2006.

(23) on May 28, 2007 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2007 vide F. No. 11/LC/GN/2007/2518.

(24) on October 31, 2007 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2007 vide F. No. 11/LC/GN/2007/4646.

(25) on March 31, 2008 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Payment of Fees) (Amendment) Regulations, 2008 vide F. No. 11/LC/GN/2008/21669.

(26) on April 16, 2008 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2008 vide F. No. LADNRO/ GN/2008/03/123042.

(27) on May 22, 2008 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2008 vide No. LADNRO/GN/2008/09/126202.

(28) on September 29, 2008 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2008 vide No. LADNRO/ GN/2008/24/139426.

(29) on April 8, 2009 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2009 vide No. LAD-NRO/GN/2009-10/01/159601.

(30) on June 5, 2009 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2009 vide No. LAD- NRO/GN/2009-10/07/165404.

(31) on July 29, 2010 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2010 vide No. LAD-NRO/GN/2010-11/13/13945.

(32) on August 30, 2011 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2011 vide No. LAD-NRO/GN/2011-12/27668.

(33) on February 21, 2012 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2012 vide No. LAD-NRO/GN/2011-12/38/4290.

(34) on September 26, 2012 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2012 vide No. LAD-NRO/GN/2012-13/17/21502.

(35) on April 16, 2013 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2013 vide No. LAD-NRO/GN/2013-14/03/5652.

(36) on June 19, 2013 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2013 vide No. LAD-NRO/GN/2013-14/12/6108.

(37) on August 19, 2013 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2013 vide No. LAD-NRO/GN/2013-14/18/6384.

(38) on May 6, 2014 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2014 vide No. LAD-NRO/GN/2014-15/01/1039.

(39) on May 23, 2014 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Payment of Fees) (Amendment) Regulations, 2014 vide No. LAD-NRO/GN/2014-15/03/1089.

(40) on December 30, 2014 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2014 vide No. LAD-NRO/GN/2014-15/19/1973.

(41) on May 15, 2015 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2015 No. NROOIAE/GN/2015-16/005.

(42) on February 12, 2016 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2016 vide No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2015-16/034.

(43) on February 15, 2017 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2017 vide No. SEBI/LAD/NRO/GN/2016-17/031.

(44) on March 13, 2018 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018 vide No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2018/02.

(45) on May 30, 2018 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2018 vide No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2018/14.

(46) on December 6, 2018 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2018 vide No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2018/50.

(47) on December 13, 2018 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Fourth Amendment) Regulations, 2018 vide No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2018/51.

(48) on January 1, 2019 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Custodian of Securities) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018 vide No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2019/01.

(49) on April 26, 2019 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2019 vide No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2019/011.

(50) on September 23, 2019 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2019 vide No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2019/37.

(51) on March 06, 2020 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 vide No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2020/07.

(52) on April 17, 2020 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Regulatory Sandbox) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 vide No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2020/10.

(53) on October 29, 2020 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2020 vide No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2020/39.

(54) on February 4, 2021 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Amendment) Regulations, 2021 vide No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2021/08.

(55) on August 3, 2021 by the (Regulatory Sandbox) (Amendment) Regulations, 2021 vide No. SEBI/LADNRO/GN/2021/30.

(56) on August 5, 2021 by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2021 vide No. SEBI/LAD-NRO/GN/2021/36.

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