SB Order 3/2023 – NSC Premature Closure Clarification

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SB Order No 3/2023: Clarification on premature closure of NSC account pledged in favor of banks.

Letter NumberSB Order 3/2023 – FS-10/17/2020-FS
Letter Dated27.03.2023
Issued byFS Division Department of Posts
SubjectSB Order 3/2023 – NSC Premature Closure Clarification
Signed ByAD (SB-II)
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Rule 7(1) of National Savings Certificate Scheme, 2019 provides that the account shall not be closed before maturity except in the following cases, namely: –

  • (a) On the death of the account holder in a single account, or any or all the account holders in a joint account.
  • (b) On forfeiture by a pledgee being a Gazetted Officer, when the pledge is in conformity with this Scheme;
  • (c) when ordered by a court.

2. Tamil Nadu circle in Lr.No.sB/100-33/2020/Dlgs dated 11.01.2023 requested for clarification and guidance on premature encashment of NSCs on forfeiture by the Senior Manager, Bank of India which is also a nationalized bank. Hence, the matter was taken up with the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance.

3. In response, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance in OM No. 14/3/2018-NS dated 20.03.2023 informed that the premature closure of the account is permissible under Paragraph 7(1) of National Savings Scheme,2019 and can be done under this paragraph by following the prescribed conditions. A copy of the DEA. MoF’s OM is attached for reference.

4. This may be circulated to all the Offices for information and necessary actions.

5. This is issued with the approval of competent authority.

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