‘Some changes in RGESS can be very useful’
What are the expectations of the mutual fund industry from the Budget?
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, when he, for a short period, took over finance ministry from Pranab Mukherjee on his election as the President, had mentioned that the priority would be to develop the Mutual Fund Industry, among other things. Subsequently, finance minister P Chidambaram also has show keen interest in discussing the way in which the industry can be developed. He met AMFI board members where he made recommendations such as permitting mutual funds to launch retirement plans.
We have also suggested changes in the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme from the current format so that it can be an effective saving mechanism for investors. Suggestions regarding making ELSS into a separate section out of 80C is also made because current exemptions are not utilised by investors as the Rs 1 lakh limit under 80C gets exhausted by PF, PPF and insurance premium. If these suggestions are accepted in the Budget, it will be a boost for the Mutual Fund industry.
What do you think of the recently launched Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme (RGESS)?
RGESS is an excellent thought to get new investors into the capital market.