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Electoral Bonds

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  • The scheme, announced during the 2017 Budget, aims to bring to book the donations made to all major political parties.

About Electoral bond:

  • An electoral bond is designed to be a bearer instrument like a Promissory Note — in effect, it will be similar to a bank note that is payable to the bearer on demand and free of interest. It can be purchased by any citizen of India or a body incorporated in India.
  • The bonds will be issued in multiples of ?1,000, ?10,000, ?1 lakh, ?10 lakh and ?1 crore and will be available at specified branches of the State Bank of India. They can be bought by the donor with a KYC-compliant account. Donors can donate the bonds to their party of choice which can then be cashed in via the party's verified account within 15 days.
  • Every party that is registered under section 29A of the Representation of the Peoples Act, 1951 (43 of 1951) and has secured at least one per cent of the votes polled in the most recent Lok Sabha or State election will be allotted a verified account by the Election Commission of India. Electoral bond transactions can be made only via this account.
  • The bonds will be available for purchase for a period of 10 days each in the beginning of every quarter, i.e. in January, April, July and October as specified by the Central Government. An additional period of 30 days shall be specified by the Central Government in the year of Lok Sabha elections.
  • Electoral bonds will not bear the name of the donor. The donor and the party details will be available with the bank, but the political party might not be aware of who the donor is. The intention is to ensure that all the donations made to a party will be accounted for in the balance sheets without exposing the donor details to the public.
  • A donor will get a deduction and the recipient, or the political party, will get tax exemption, provided returns are filed by the political party.

Vishal Thakur By - Vishal Thakur
Posted On - 1/5/2018 12:00:00 AM

Comments 2 comments

Pooja Negi one year ago

Electoral bonds are the instrument to curtail an insciminate,unchecked funding,would help to promote transparency on the account of government but could prove to be safe havens for black money.


Aditi one year ago

Thats great that will actually bring transparency in the transactions.