3rd tranche of electoral bonds sale from May 1: Finance ministry

Electoral bonds are being pitched as an alternative to cash donations made to political parties.

New Delhi: The finance ministry on Tuesday said the third tranche of electoral bonds sale will take place from May 1-10. Electoral bonds are being pitched as an alternative to cash donations made to political parties and bring transparency in political funding.

"State Bank of India (SBI), in the 3rd phase of sale, has been authorised to issue and encash electoral bonds through its 11 authorised branches w.e.f. May 01, 2018 to May 10, 2018," the ministry said in a statement.

The 11 specified SBI branches are in cities like New Delhi, Gandhinagar, Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Mumbai, Jaipur, Lucknow, Chennai, Kolkata and Guwahati.

The government had notified the Electoral Bond Scheme 2018 in January this year. As per provisions of the scheme, electoral bonds may be purchased by a person, who is a citizen of India or entities incorporated or established in India.

Registered political parties which have secured not less than 1 per cent of the votes polled in the last election of the Lok Sabha or legislative assembly will be eligible to receive electoral bonds.

The sale of first batch of electoral bonds took place between March 1 and March 10. The second phase was launched on April 2 till April 10.

SBI is the only authorised bank to issue such bonds. A person being an individual can buy electoral bonds, either singly or jointly, with other individuals. An electoral bond will be valid for 15 days from the date of issue.

No payment would be made to any payee political party if the bond is deposited after expiry of the validity period. The bond deposited by any eligible political party into its account would be credited on the same day.

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