EPFO to extend deadline for appointment of fund managers to August 31

PTI New Delhi | Updated on June 24, 2011

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation has decided to extend the deadline for appointment of fund managers to manage its huge corpus of over Rs 3.5 lakh crore to August 31, 2011.

“The EPFO’s apex decision making body, the Central Board of Trustees (CBT), decided to extend the time line for the appointment of multiple fund managers to August 31 from June 30 this year. Till then, SBI will manage its fund as an interim arrangement,” a source said.

The retirement fund body had to appoint multiple AMCs by June 30, so that the newly appointed managers could take over its fund by July 1 for a three-year period, as desired by the CBT which is headed by the Union Labour Minister.

The EPFO has already missed the March 31 deadline, the day on which the term of four fund managers, including ICICI Pru, HSBC AMC, Reliance Capital and SBI expired. It had planned to appoint new fund managers for the next three financial years beginning April 1.

Since it could not appoint new AMCs well in time, the CBT at its meeting on March 30 this year decided that SBI would manage its entire corpus for a three-month period ending June 30, 2011 as an interim arrangement.

On June 6, giving reasonable time for submitting technical and financial bids, the EPFO had asked the 10 AMCs who had earlier evinced an interest in managing its funds to submit their bids by June 24.

While the technical bids opened today, the financial tenders would be opened on July 8. Therefore, the appointment of AMCs by EPFO is not possible by this month-end.

Besides the four AMCs who had managed EPFO corpus, seven new firms, including Kotak Securities, Securities Trading Corporation of India, UTI Securities and ICICI Securities, have expressed interest in managing the retirement fund corpus.

The EPFO had appointed the four fund managers for the first time in July 2008, with the objective of providing a better rate of return on deposits to its 4.72 crore subscribers.

Prior to this, SBI was the sole fund manager for it since its inception in 1952.

Published on June 24, 2011

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