CHIEF GENERAL MANAGER

DERIVATIVES AND NEW PRODUCTS DEPARTMENT

DNPD/Cir-24/04

May 26, 2004

All Exchanges, Clearing Corporation / Clearing House,

Depositories, Custodians, AMFI, STP service providers and STP Centralized Hub

Sub: Straight Through Processing Service in the Indian Securities Market

Dear Sir,

1) This is in continuation to our previous circular no. DNPD/Cir-9/04 dated February 3, 2004 & circular no. SEBI/MRD/SE/Cir-1 1/2004 dated February 25, 2004 streamlining the issuance of electronic contract notes as a legal document like the physical contract note for the equity and debt segments, circular no. DNPD/Cir-22/2004 dated April 1, 2004 mandating the use of the Straight Through Processing (STP) system for all institutional trades w. e. f. July 1, 2004 and circular no. DNPD/Cir­23/04 dated April 27, 2004 prescribing the detailed system flow of the STP system.

2) SEBI in order to regulate the STP service is hereby issuing the SEBI (STP centralised hub and STP service providers) Guidelines, 2004 (herein referred to as “STP Guidelines”) which also prescribes the model agreement between the STP centralised hub and the STP service providers.

3)   The STP guidelines prescribes the eligibility criteria and conditions of approval for the STP centralised hub and the STP service providers, obligations and responsibilities of the STP centralised hub and the STP service providers and code of conduct for the STP service providers. The STP centralised hub and the STP service providers shall abide by these Guidelines.

4)   To prescribe contractual obligations between the STP centralised hub and the STP service providers and to facilitate standardisation of service, a model agreement between the STP centralised hub and the STP service providers has also been prescribed by SEBI and is prescribed as Schedule II of the STP Guidelines. The agreement between the STP centralised hub and the STP service provider shall include the provisions included in the model agreement.

5) This circular is being issued in exercise of powers conferred by section 11 (1) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992, read with section 10 of the Securities Contracts(regulation) Act 1956, to protect the interests of investors in securities and to promote the development of, and to regulate the securities market.

Yours sincerely,

N. PARAKH

Encl.

1)    SEBI (STP centralised hub and STP service providers) Guidelines, 2004

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