Section 21 in The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 2013

Title: Central Recordkeeping Agency.

Description: (1) The Authority shall, by granting a certificate of registration under sub-section (3) of section 27, appoint a central recordkeeping agency: Provided that the Authority may, in public interest, appoint more than one central recordkeeping agency. (2) The central recordkeeping agency shall be responsible for receiving instructions from subscribers through the points of presence, transmitting such instructions to pension funds, effecting switching instructions received from subscribers and discharging such other duties and functions, as may be assigned to it under the certificate of registration or as may be determined by regulations. (3) All the assets and properties owned, leased or developed by the central recordkeeping agency, shall constitute regulated assets and upon expiry of certificate of registration or earlier revocation thereof, the Authority shall be entitled to appropriate and take over the regulated assets, either by itself or through an administrator or a person nominated by it in this behalf: Provided that the central recordkeeping agency shall be entitled to be compensated the fair value, to be ascertained by the Authority, of such regulated assets as may be determined by regulations: Provided further that where the earlier revocation of the certificate of registration is based on violation of the conditions in the certificate of registration or the provisions of this Act or regulations, unless otherwise determined by the Authority, the central recordkeeping agency shall not be entitled to claim any compensation in respect of such regulated assets.

Title: Point of presence.

Description: (1) The Authority may, by granting a certificate of registration under sub-section (3) of section 27, permit one or more persons to act as a point of presence for the purpose of receiving contributions and instructions, transmitting them to the Trustee Bank or the central recordkeeping agency, as the case may be, and paying out benefits to subscribers in accordance with the regulations made by the Authority from time to time in this regard. (2) A point of presence shall functions in accordance with the terms of its certificate of registration and the regulations made under this Act.

Title: Pension funds.

Description: (1) The Authority may, by granting a certificate of registration under sub-section (3) of section 27, permit one or more persons to act as a pension fund for the purpose of receiving contributions, accumulating them and making payments to the subscriber in such manner as may be specified by regulations. (2) The number of pension funds shall be determined by regulations and the Authority may, in public interest, vary the number of pension funds: Provided that at least one of the pension funds shall be a Government company. Explanation.--For the purposes of this sub-section, the expression "Government company" shall have the meaning assigned to it in section 617 of the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956). (3) The pension fund shall function in accordance with the terms of its certificate of registration and the regulations made under this Act. (4) The pension fund shall manage the schemes in accordance with the regulations.

Title: Certain restrictions on foreign companies or individual or association of persons.

Description: The aggregate holding of equity shares by a foreign company either by itself or through its subsidiary companies or its nominees or by an individual or by an association of persons whether registered or not under any law of a country outside India taken in aggregate in the pension fund shall not exceed twenty-six per cent. of the paid-up capital of such fund or such percentage as may be approved for an Indian insurance company under the provisions the Insurance Act, 1938 (4 of 1938) whichever is higher. Explanation.--For the purposes of this section, the expression "foreign company" shall have the meaning assigned to it in clause (23A) of section 2 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961).

Title: Prohibition of investment of funds of subscribers outside India.

Description: No pension fund shall, directly or indirectly invest outside India, the funds of subscribers.