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UNIT TRUST OF INDIA (TRANSFER OF UNDERTAKING AND REPEAL) ACT

Ministry of Law and Justice

Act nº 58 of 2002


  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Schedules
  • Act nº 58 of 2002

Preamble

THE UNIT TRUST OF INDIA (TRANSFER OF UNDERTAKING AND REPEAL) ACT, 2002

[Act, No. 58 of 2002 ]

[ 17 th December, 2002 ]

PREAMBLE

1[An Act to provide for the transfer and vesting of the undertaking (excluding the specified undertaking) of the Unit Trust of India to the specified company to be formed and registered under the Companies Act, 1956, and the transfer and vesting of the specified undertaking of the Unit Trust of India in the Administrator and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto and also to repeal the Unit Trust of India Act, 1963 .

B e it enacted by Parliament in the Fifty-third Year of the Republic of India as follows :--

1 .Received the assent of the President on 17th December, 2002, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Pt. II, section 1, dated 18th December, 2002.


Chapter 1

Section 1. Short title and commencement

(1) This Act may be called the Unit Trust of India (Transfer of Undertaking and Repeal) Act, 2002.

(2) It shall be deemed to have come into force on the 29th day of October, 2002.

Section 2. Definitions

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,--

(a) "Administrator" means a person or a body of persons appointed as Administrator under section 7;

(b) "appointed day" means such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint under section 4;

(c) "bank" shall have the meaning assigned to it in Clause (d) of section 2 of the Recovery of Debts Due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993(51 of 1993);

(d) "Development Bank" means the Industrial Development Bank of India established under the Industrial Development Bank of India Act, 1964 (18 of 1964);

(e) "financial institution" shall have the meaning assigned to it in Clause (h) of section 2 of the Recovery of Debts Due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993 (51 of 1993);

(f) "Life Insurance Corporation of India" means the Life Insurance Corporation of India established under sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Life Insurance Corporation Act, 1956 (31 of 1956);

(g) "Schedule" means Schedules I and II to this Act;

(h) "specified company" means a company to be formed and registered under the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956) and whose entire capital is subscribed by such financial institutions or banks as may be specified by the Central Government, by notification in the Official Gazette, for the purpose of transfer and vesting of the undertaking;

(i) "specified undertaking" includes all business, assets, liabilities and properties of the Trust representing and relatable to the schemes and Development Reserve Fund specified in the Schedule I;

(j) "State Bank" means the State Bank of India constituted under the State Bank of India Act, 1955 (23 of 1955);

(k) "Trust" means the Unit Trust of India established under sub-section (l) of section 3 of the Unit Trust of India Act, 1963 (52 of 1963);

(l) "undertaking" includes all business, assets, liabilities and properties of the Trust representing and relatable to the schemes and plans specified in the Schedule II;

(m) "unit" means a unit issued under a unit scheme made under section 21 of the Unit Trust of India Act, 1963 (52 of 1963);

Chapter 2

Section 3. Transfer of initial capital

(1) On the appointed day, the initial capital of the Trust, contributed by the Development Bank, the Life Insurance Corporation, the State Bank and the subsidiary banks and other institutions under section 4 and 4-A of the Unit Trust of India Act, 1963 (52 of 1963), as it stood immediately before the commencement of this Act, shall stand transferred to, and vest in, the Central Government.

(2) The initial capital contributed by the Development Bank, the Life Insurance Corporation, the State Bank and the subsidiary banks and other institutions shall be refunded, by the Central Government, to such extent as may be determined by it, having regard to the book value, the assets and liabilities of the Trust.

Section 4. Undertaking of Trust to vest in specified company and specified undertaking of Trust to vest in Administrator

(1) On such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint, there shall be transferred to, and vest in,--

(a) the specified company, the undertaking (excluding the specified undertaking) of the Trust for such consideration and on such terms and conditions as may be mutually agreed upon between the Central Government and the subscribers to the capital of the specified company;

(b) the Administrator, the specified undertaking of the Trust.

(2) The decision of the Central Government, as to whether any business, assets, liabilities or properties represent or relate to the undertaking or specified undertaking, shall be final:

PROVIDED THAT any business, asset or property which is not represented or related to the undertaking or specified undertaking, shall vest in the Central Government.

Section 5. General effect of vesting of undertaking or specified undertaking in specified company or Administrator

(1) The undertaking of the Trust which is transferred to, and which vest in, the specified company or the specified undertaking of the Trust, which is transferred to, and vest in, the Administrator, as the case may be, under section 4, shall be deemed to include all business, assets, rights, powers, authorities and privileges and all properties, movable and immovable, real and personal, corporeal and incorporeal, in possession or reservation, present or contingent of whatever nature and wheresoever situate including lands, buildings, vehicles, cash balances, deposits, foreign currencies, disclosed and undisclosed reserves, reserve fund, special reserve fund, benevolent reserve fund, any other fund, stocks, investments, share, bonds, debentures, security, management of any industrial concern, loans, advances and guarantees given to industrial concerns, tenancies, leases and book-debts and all other rights and interests arising out of such property as were immediately before the appointed day in the ownership, possession or power of the Trust in relation to the undertaking or the specified undertaking, as the case may be, within or without India, all books of account, registers, records and documents relating thereto and shall also be deemed to include all borrowings, liabilities, units issued and obligations of whatever kind within or without India then subsisting of the Trust in relation to such undertaking or the specified undertaking, as the case may be.

(2) All contracts, deeds, bonds, guarantees, powers-of-attorney, other instruments (including all units issued and unit schemes formulated by the Trust) and working arrangements subsisting immediately before the appointed day and affecting the Trust shall cease to have effect or to be enforceable against the Trust and shall be of as full force and effect against or in favour of the specified company or the Administrator, as the case may be, in which the undertaking or specified undertaking has vested by virtue of this Act and enforceable as fully and effectually as if instead of the Trust, the specified company or the Administrator, as the case may be, had been named therein or had been a party thereto.

(3) All unit schemes taken by the Board of the Trust immediately before the commencement of this Act shall be deemed to have been taken by the specified company or the Administrator, as the case may be, and all the units issued by the Trust under such scheme shall be deemed to be the units issued by the specified company or the Administrator, as the case may be, and the income on such units shall be distributed and such units shall be redeemed or purchased by them in the same manner as would have been done by the Trust had the undertaking or the specified undertaking not been transferred under section 4.

(4) Any proceeding or cause of action pending or existing immediately before the appointed day by or against the Trust may, as from the appointed day, be continued and enforced by or against the specified company or the Administrator, as the case may be, in which the undertaking or specified undertaking has vested by virtue of this Act as it might have been enforced by or against the Trust if this Act had not been enacted and shall cease to be enforceable by or against the Trust.

Section 6. Provisions in respect of officers and other employees of Trust

(1) Every officer or other employee of the Trust (except a trustee of the Board, the Chairman and executive trustee) serving in the employment immediately before the appointed day shall become, as from the appointed day, an officer or, as the case may be, other employee of the specified company and shall hold his office or service therein by the same tenure, at the same remuneration, upon the same terms and conditions, with the same obligations and with the same rights and privileges as to leave, leave fare concession, welfare scheme, medical benefit scheme, insurance, provident fund, other funds retirement, voluntary retirement, gratuity and other benefits as he would have held under the Trust if its undertaking had not vested in the specified company and shall continue to do so as an officer or, as the case may be, other employee of the specified company or until the expiry of a period of six months from the appointed day if such officer or other employee opts not to continue to be the officer or other employee of the specified company within such period.

(2) The Administrator, in consultation with the specified company, may requisition, the services of such officers or other employees as it may deem fit, on such terms and conditions which may be mutually agreed upon between the Administrator arid the specified company.

(3) Where an officer or other employee of the Trust opts under sub-section (1) not to be in employment or service of the specified company, such officer or other employee shall be deemed to have resigned.

(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 (14 of 1947) or in any other law for the time being in force, the transfer of the services of any officer or other employee of the Trust to the specified company shall not entitle such officer or other employee to any compensation under this Act or under any other law for the time being in force and no such claim shall be entertained by any Court, tribunal or other authority.

(5) The officer and other employees who have retired before the appointed day from the service of the Trust and are entitled to any benefits, rights or privileges shall be entitled to receive the same benefits, rights or privileges from the specified company.

(6) The trust of the provident fund or the gratuity fund of the Unit Trust of India and any other bodies created for the welfare of officer or other employees would continue to discharge their functions in the specified company as was being done hither to in the Unit Trust of India and any tax exemption granted to the provident fund or the gratuity fund would continue to be applied to the specified company.

(7) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or in the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956) or in any other law for the time being in force or in the regulations of the Unit Trust of India, the Chairman, the trustees, executive trustee or any other person entitled to manage the whole or substantial part of the business and affairs of the Trust shall not be entitled to any compensation against the Trust for the loss of office or for the premature termination of any contract of management entered into by him with the Trust.

Chapter 3

Section 7. Appointment of Administrator to manage specified undertaking

(1) The Central Government shall, on and from the appointed day, appoint a person or a body of persons, as the "Administrator of the specified undertaking of the Unit Trust of India" for the purpose of taking over the administration thereof and the Administrator shall carry on the management of the specified undertaking of the Trust for and on behalf of the Central Government.

(2) The Central Government may issue such directions (including direction as to initiating, defending or continuing any legal proceedings before any Court, Tribunal or other Authority) to the Administrator as to his powers and functions as that Government may deem desirable and the Administrator may apply to the Central Government at any time for instructions as to the manner in which he shall conduct the management of the specified undertaking or in relation to any matter arising in the course of such management.

(3) Subject to the other provisions of this Act and the Schemes made thereunder and the control of the Central Government, the Administrator shall be entitled, notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, to exercise, in relation to the management of the specified undertaking, the powers specified under section 10 including powers to dispose of any property or assets of such specified undertaking whether such powers are derived under any law for the time being in force.

(4) Every person having possession, custody or control of any property forming part of the specified undertaking of the Trust shall deliver forthwith such property to the Administrator.

(5) Any person who, on the appointed day, has in his possession or under his control any books, papers or other documents relating to the specified undertaking, including the minutes book containing the resolutions of the persons in charge of the management of the specified undertaking before the appointed day, the current cheque book relating to the specified undertaking, any letters, memoranda, notes or other communications between him and the Trust so far they relate to the specified undertaking shall, notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, be liable to account for the books, papers and other documents (including such minutes book, letters, memoranda, notes or other communications) to the Administrator.

(6) Any person in charge of the management of the specified undertaking immediately before the appointed day shall, within ten days from that day or within such further period as the Central Government may allow in this behalf, furnish to the Administrator the complete inventory of all the properties and assets (including particulars of book-debts and investments and belongings) forming part of the specified undertaking immediately before the appointed day and of all the liabilities and obligations of such specified undertaking, in relation to its administration, subsisting immediately before that day, and also of all agreements relating to specified undertaking entered into by the Trust in relation to its administration and in force immediately before that day.

(7) The Administrator shall receive from the funds of the specified undertaking such remuneration as the Central Government may fix.

Section 8. Administrator to vacate office

(1) The Administrator shall, immediately on redemption of all the schemes of the specified undertaking and the payment of entire amount to investors, shall vacate his office; but nothing in this sub-section shall be construed as prohibiting his appointment as a member of the Board of Advisers after vacation of his office as such.

(2) On the vacation of his office, the Administrator shall forthwith deliver, to the Central Government or any institution or officer specified by it, possession of all assets and properties representing and relatable to the specified undertaking which are in his possession, custody and control on the date immediately preceding the date on which he vacates his office as the Administrator.

Chapter 4

Section 9. Board of Advisers

(1) On such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint a Board of Advisers to advise and assist the Administrator in carrying on the management of the specified undertaking.

(2) The composition, term of office of the Advisers, the fees and allowances and other conditions of appointment, disqualifications for being an Adviser, filling up of casual vacancy in the office of the Adviser, the meetings of the Board of Advisers, vacation and resignation of office of the Advisers, shall be such as may be specified in the Scheme made by the Central Government.

Section 10. Powers and functions of Administrator

(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act and the Scheme made thereunder, the Administrator may, on the advice of the Board of Advisers, transact any of the following kinds of business in India in relation to the specified undertaking only, namely:--

(a) selling and purchasing units of the schemes specified in Schedule I;

(b) investing in and acquiring, holding or disposing of securities and exercising and enforcing, all powers and rights incidental thereto including protection or realisation of such investment and the taking over of the administration of any property offered as security for such investment;

(c) granting of loans and advances upon the security of any movable or immovable property or otherwise;

(d) accepting, collecting, discounting, re-discounting, purchasing, selling or negotiating or otherwise dealing with, any bills of exchange, handles, promissory notes, coupons, drafts, bill of lading, railway receipts, warehouse receipts, documents of title to goods, warrants, certificates, scrips and other mercantile instruments;

(e) purchasing, selling or issuing participation certificates in relation to any loan or advance granted by any public financial institution or scheduled bank or such other institution as may be specified by the Central Government,

(f) keeping money on deposit with companies or other bodies corporate, scheduled banks or such other institutions as may be specified by the Central Government;

(g) formulating in relation to any unit scheme specified in Schedule I,--

(i) savings and life insurance plan or plans under which a person may acquire an interest in units in association with, or as the agent of, the Life Insurance Corporation of India or the Central Government, but not including the life insurance business;

(ii) savings and insurance plan or plans under which a person may acquire an interest in units in association with, or as the agent of, the General Insurance Corporation but not including the general insurance business; or

(iii) any other plan or plans, under which a person may acquire an interest in units;

(h) acquiring immovable property or any interest therein, the development (including construction) and sale of such property and the rendering of financial and other assistance to any person for the acquisition of any immovable property or any interest therein and for the development (including construction) of such property;

(i) providing leasing and hire purchase finance to persons, companies, and other bodies corporate;

(j) providing merchant banking and investment advisory services;

(k) extending investment or fund or portfolio management services to persons resident outside India;

(l) opening of an account or the making of an agency arrangement with a bank incorporated outside India;

(m) buying or selling of or entering into such other dealings in foreign exchange, as may be necessary for the discharge of its functions;

(n) doing any other kinds of business connected with mobilisation for savings or investments which the Central Government may authorise;

(o) generally doing all such acts and things as may be incidental to or consequential upon the discharge of its functions under this Act.

(2) The Administrator shall, on and after the appointed day, neither formulate any new scheme nor issue any new unit, whether related to the undertaking or the specified undertaking or otherwise.