The era of the 1980’s was a BOOM BANG in the Indian Share market where one after another an IPO was knocking the door of investors. The time was seen as no less than OPPORTUNISTIC!!
Retail investors, brokers, sub brokers & bookies -everyone saw a golden chance and invested in the share market wholeheartedly. Through friends, relatives, neighbors, colleagues, anyone would come to know about the next talked about IPO and would fill his form to be a cake piece owner of a dream company – to the extent that for many shares trading became their secondary business. But as they say, “Days do not remain the same ” the scam of 1990 brought down the riding bull & with it lay strewn the hopes of thousands of investors into bits & pieces.
When hope breaks anger vents. People were just not bearish but shattered enough not to believe in the return of Bull. Some locked their share certificates in dark rooms and some even went to the extent to tear them & burn these deemed to be worthless papers to ashes. Innocent & unaware that these pieces of paper even when torn were secured for them under the umbrella of Govt. guidelines, the Companies Act & its bylaws which has always been prioritized to keep the interest of retail investors.
And today even if these shares certificates are lost or mutilated, the rights & bonus on them are unclaimed and the dividends on these have remained unpaid for years, these lost shares, unclaimed dividends along with all other benefits accruing are locked unharmed in a safety deposit, a magic box under the custody of our Government waiting for the rightful beneficiary -that heartbroken investor or his heir to claim it back and yes to claim a big multiple of the initial investment!! A couple of thousands invested in companies like HDFC Bank, Reliance, Bajaj, Avanti Feeds etc., who were not night – by- flyers are gold (amount in lacs) to its investors.
WHERE TO LOCATE YOUR MAGIC BOX?
Pursuant to Section 124(6) of the Companies Act 2013 read with Investor Education & Protection Fund (IEPF) Authority (Accounting, Audit, Transfer and Refund) Rules 2016 as amended from time to time, the shares in respect of which dividend is remaining unclaimed for a period of seven consecutive years shall be transferred to the IEPF Account established by the Central Government with NSDL (IEPF Account No. IN30070810656671).
The claimant can claim the shares from IEPF Authority by filing form IEPF-5 along with requisite documents as prescribed by the IEPF Authority. Pursuant to these guidelines, companies are transferring chunks and chunks of shares liable to be transferred to the above account under safe Government guidelines, to protect the interest of their investors. And here is where you find your magic- treasure – box.
LET’s MAKE THE TREASURE HUNT SIMPLER
So, what if you are not in possession of documents relating to your holdings? What if you vaguely just remember a few names you or your family might have invested in? What if since then you have changed your residence a number of times? We, at Infiny Solutions have you sorted. Starting from tracking your investments to updation of your KYCs, running through the procedure of issue of duplicate shares and claiming of unclaimed dividends to claim of shares from IEPF to your demat account we shall have you covered step by step. All we need is a few details of the investor and that is enough to track back your valuable investments and retrieve them for you.