After 8 months India's government has paperized only 3 tonnes of gold

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Government Mobilizes 3.1 Tonnes of Gold under Monetization Scheme

By the Press Trust of India
via The Times of India, Mumbai
Thursday, July 14, 2016

NEW DELHI -- Government today said it has netted 3.1 tonnes of idle household and temple gold under the monetization scheme since its launch in November 2015.

"As of now 3.1 tonnes of gold have been deposited under the Gold Monetization Scheme," the joint secretary in the Finance Ministry, Saurabh Garg, said.

This is much lower than 800-1,000 tonnes of annual gold imports, he said, adding that estimates say 300 tonnes are for investments, while the balance is jewellery.

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"We are hoping that the investment part can shift to the Gold Monetisation Scheme," he added.

Under the scheme, banks are authorized to collect gold for up to 15 years to auction them off or lend to jewellers from time to time.

Depositors will earn up to 2.50 percent interest per annum, a rate lower than savings bank deposits.

Currently, there are 46 assaying and hallmarking centers qualified to act as collection and purity testing centers for handling gold under the scheme.

All gold deposits under the scheme have to be made at centers. Banks can also accept deposits at designated branches, especially from larger depositors.

India imports about 1,000 tonnes of gold every year and the precious metal is the second-highest component of the imports bill after crude oil. An estimated 20,000 tonnes of gold are lying with households and temples.

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