CIRCULAR No. MIRSD/ Cir-5 /2012 April 13, 2012

Please refer to SEBI circular no. CIR/MIRSD/16/2011 dated August 22, 2011, MIRSD/SE/Cir-21/201 1 dated October 5, 2011, MIRSD/Cir-23/201 1 dated December 2, 2011 and MIRSD/Cir- 26 /2011 dated December 23, 2011 on KYC related issues.

1. SEBI simplified the account opening process for investors and made it uniform across intermediaries in the securities markets vide aforementioned circulars. Further, to avoid duplication of KYC process with every intermediary, KRA system was developed for centralization of the KYC records in the securities markets. The system was made applicable for new clients who opened accounts with the intermediaries from January 1, 2012.

2. Now, for convenience of the clients registered prior to January 1, 2012 (hereinafter referred to as ‘existing clients’) and to expand the centralized database of the KYC records of the entire securities market, it is decided to upload the KYC details of the existing clients of the intermediaries in the current KRA system, in a phased manner.

3. The following guidelines for uploading the KYC data of the existing clients are being issued in consultation with the major Stock Exchanges, Depositories, KRAs, AMFI Brokers’ Associations and market participants:

a. For existing clients who trade / invest / deal with the intermediary anytime during the time period specified in the table given below starting from April 16, 2012, the intermediaries shall forthwith upload their KYC details in the KRA system. They shall also send original KYC documents to the KRA on continuous basis and complete the process within the prescribed time limits.

Considering the representations made by the intermediaries, they may send print outs of scanned documents to the KRAs instead of original documents in accordance with the schedule, certifying that they have retained the originals.

However, they must complete the process of sending the original documents to the KRA by March 31, 2013.

The KRAs shall update their systems and send letters to the clients for the receipt of the initial / updated KYC documents from intermediary in accordance with the time schedule.

The intermediaries shall maintain electronic records of the KYCs of their clients and keeping physical records would not be necessary.

Schedule for implementation (For the year 201 2-1 3):

Existing  clients     of intermediary         who trade/     invest/    deal with it during the below mentioned time period Timeline for intermediary to upload existing client’s KYC data on KRA system   &             send        KYC
documents to KRA
Timeline for KRA to update the record in their system & send acknowledgement to the existing client
April 16, 2012 – June 15, 2012 August 31, 2012 September 30, 2012
June 16, 2012 – August 31, 2012 October 31, 2012 November 30, 2012
September 1, 2012 – October 31, 2012 November 30, 2012 December 31, 2012
November 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012 January 31, 2013 February 28, 2013
January 1, 2013 – February 28, 2013 March 15, 2013 March 31, 2013

The KYC data of the existing clients, who trade / invest or deal after the above mentioned schedule, shall be uploaded on a continuous basis.

b. While uploading the existing clients’ KYC details in the KRA system, the intermediary shall indicate the date of account opening / activation / updation of information. Necessary provisions shall be made by the KRAs in their systems. In case the KRA system indicates that the client’s KYC data already exists, the other intermediary shall upload the modifications, if any, after the aforesaid date so that the latest information about the client is available on the KRA system.

c. The intermediary shall highlight the KYC details about the existing client which is missing / not available, as per the KYC requirements specified vide circular dated October 5, 2011, only if it was not mandated earlier, when the client’s account was opened. KRAs shall make necessary provisions in their systems to categorize the KYC of such clients under the category of existing clients and highlight the information which is missing / not available.

d. When the existing client approaches another intermediary, it shall be the responsibility of that intermediary which downloads the data of that client from the KRA system, to update the missing information, do IPV as per requirements (if not done already) and send the relevant supporting documents, if any, to the KRA. Thereafter, the KRA system shall indicate the records as updated.

4. It is clarified that timelines mentioned in the schedule are the minimum requirements and the KYC data of the remaining existing clients can also be uploaded on the KRA system.

5. The Stock Exchanges and Depositories are directed to:

a. bring the provisions of this circular to the notice of the Stock Brokers and DPs, as the case may be, and also disseminate the same on their websites;

b. make amendments to the relevant bye-laws, rules and regulations for the implementation of the above decision in co-ordination with one another, as considered necessary;

c. monitor the compliance of this circular through half-yearly internal audits and inspections; and

d. communicate to SEBI, the status of the implementation of the provisions of this circular.

6. in case of mutual funds, compliance of this circular shall be monitored by the Boards of Asset Management Companies and the Trustees and in case of other intermediaries by their the Board of Directors.

7. This circular is issued in exercise of powers conferred under Section 11(1) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 and Regulation 17 of the SEBI (KYC (Know Your Client) Registration Agency) Regulations, 2011 to protect the interests of investors in securities and to promote the development of and to regulate the securities markets.

Yours faithfully,

A. S. Mithwani

Deputy General Manager

022-26449613

email: aliasgarm@sebi.gov.in

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