Section 26 in The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 2013

Title: Eligibility norms of the central recordkeeping agency, etc.

Description: The central recordkeeping agency, points of presence and pension funds, shall satisfy the eligibility norms as may be specified by the regulations, including minimum capital requirement, past track-record including the ability to provide guaranteed returns, costs and fees, geographical reach, customer base, information technology capability, human resources and such other matters.

Title: Registration of central recordkeeping agency, pension fund, point of presence, etc.

Description: (1) No intermediary, including a pension fund or a point of presence to the extent regulated under this Act, shall commence any activity relating to a pension fund except under and in accordance with the conditions of a certificate of registration granted by the Authority in accordance with the provisions of this Act and the regulations: Provided that any intermediary, including any point of presence, who had been associated with a pension scheme and appointed to act as such by the Interim Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority immediately before the establishment of the Authority under this Act for which no registration certificate was necessary prior to such establishment, and may continue to do so for a period of six months from such establishment or, if he has made an application for such registration within the said period of six months till the disposal of such application. (2) Every application for grant of a certificate of registration under this Act shall be in such form and manner and shall be accompanied by such fees as may be determined by regulations. (3) The Authority may, after considering the application and subject to such terms and conditions as it may specify, grant a certificate of registration as a central recordkeeping agency, point of presence, pension fund or such other intermediary, as the case may be. (4) The Authority may, by order, suspend or cancel a certificate of registration granted under sub-section (3) in such manner as may be determined by regulations: Provided that no order under this sub-section shall be made unless the person concerned has been given a reasonable opportunity of being heard.

Title: Penalty for failure by an intermediary or any other person to comply with provisions of this Act, rules, regulations and directions.

Description: (1) Any person, who is required under this Act or any rules or regulations made thereunder,-- (a) to obtain a certificate of registration from the Authority for carrying on any activity under this Act, carries on such activities without obtaining such certificate of registration, he shall be liable to a penalty of one lakh rupees for each day during which the failure continues or one crore rupees, whichever is less; (b) to comply with the terms and conditions of a certificate of registration fails to do so, he shall be liable to a penalty of one lakh rupees for each day during which the failure continues or one crore rupees, whichever is less; (c) to furnish any information, document, books, returns or report to the Authority, fails to furnish the same within the time specified by the Authority, he shall be liable to a penalty which may extend to one crore rupees or five times the amount of profits made or losses avoided, whichever is higher; (d) to maintain books of account or records, fails to maintain the same, he shall be liable to a penalty of one lakh rupees for each day during which the failure continues or five times the amount of profits made or losses avoided, whichever is higher. (2) If any person, who is required under this Act or any rules or regulations made thereunder, to enter into an agreement with his client, fails to enter into such agreement, he shall be liable to a penalty of one lakh rupees for each day during which the failure continues or five times the amount of profits made or losses avoided, whichever is higher. (3) If any intermediary registered with the Authority, after having been called upon by the Authority, in writing, to redress the grievances of subscribers, fails to redress such grievances within the time stipulated by the Authority, he shall be liable to a penalty of not more than one crore rupees or five times the amount of profits made or losses avoided, whichever is higher. (4) If any person, who is registered under this Act as an intermediary, fails to segregate moneys of the client or clients or uses the moneys of a client or clients for self or for any other client, he shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding one crore rupees or five times the amount of profits made or losses avoided, whichever is higher. (5) Whoever fails to comply with any provision of this Act, the rules or the regulations made or the directions issued by the Authority under the provisions of this Act for which no separate penalty has been provided, he shall be liable to a penalty which may extend to one crore rupees or five times the amount of profits made or losses avoided, whichever is higher.

Title: Crediting sums realised by way of penalties to Subscriber Education and Protection Fund.

Description: All sums realised by way of penalties under this Act shall be credited to the Subscriber Education and Protection Fund established under sub-section (1) of section 41.

Title: Power to adjudicate.

Description: (1) For the purposes of adjudging under section 28, the Authority shall appoint any of its officers not below the rank specified by regulations to be an adjudicating officer for holding an inquiry as may be determined by regulations, after giving the person concerned a reasonable opportunity of being heard for the purpose of imposing any penalty. (2) While holding an inquiry, the adjudicating officer shall have the power to summon and enforce the attendance of any person acquainted with the facts and circumstances of the case to give evidence or to produce any document which, in the opinion of the adjudicating officer, may be useful for or relevant to the subject matter of the inquiry and if, on such inquiry, he is satisfied that the person has failed to comply with the provisions of section 28, he may recommend such penalty as he thinks fit in accordance with the provisions of that section, to the member in charge of investigation and surveillance. (3) The penalty shall be imposed by a member other than the member in charge of investigation and surveillance: Provided that while adjudging the quantum of penalty under section 28, the member shall have due regard to the following factors, namely:— (a) amount of disproportionate gain or unfair advantage, wherever quantifiable, made as a result of the default; (b) amount of loss caused to a subscriber or group of subscribers; and (c) the repetitive nature of the default.