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KYC Norms/AML Standards/Combating Financing of Terrorism/Obligation of Authorised Persons under PMLA, 2002, as amended by PMLA (Amendment), 2009 - Money Changing Activities

A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 27
A.P. (FL/RL Series) Circular No.08

December 22, 2010


All Authorized Persons

Madam/ Sir

Know Your Customer (KYC) norms/ Anti-Money Laundering (AML) standards/ Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT)/ Obligation of Authorised Persons under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, (PMLA), 2002, as amended by Prevention of Money Laundering (Amendment) Act, 2009- Money changing activities

Attention of the Authorised persons (APs) is invited to Paragraph 4.10 (b) of F-Part-I, of the Annex to A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.17 {A.P. (FL/RL Series) Circular No. 4} dated November 27, 2009 in terms of which APs were advised to take into account risks arising from the deficiencies in AML/CFT regime of certain jurisdictions, as identified in FATF Statement (, issued from time to time, while dealing with individuals or businesses from these jurisdictions.

2. As part of its ongoing review of compliance with the AML/CFT standards, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has identified certain jurisdictions which have strategic AML/CFT deficiencies.

3. FATF, vide its statement dated June 25, 2010 (copy enclosed) has called upon jurisdictions listed in the statement to complete the implementation of their action plan within the timeframe. The FATF, in the statement, has called upon its members to consider the information given in the statement.

4. The Authorised Persons are accordingly advised to consider the information contained in the enclosed statement.

5. Authorised Persons may bring the contents of this circular to the notice of their constituents concerned.

6. Please advise your Principal Officer to acknowledge receipt of this circular letter.

7. The directions contained in this Circular have been issued under Sections 10(4) and Section 11(1) of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (42 of 1999) and also under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, (PMLA), 2002, as amended by Prevention of Money Laundering (Amendment) Act, 2009 and Prevention of Money-Laundering (Maintenance of Records of the Nature and Value of Transactions, the Procedure and Manner of Maintaining and Time for Furnishing Information and Verification and Maintenance of Records of the Identity of the Clients of the Banking Companies, Financial Institutions and Intermediaries) Rules, 2005, as amended from time to time. Non-compliance with the guidelines would attract penal provisions of the Acts concerned or Rules made there under.

Yours faithfully,

(Salim Gangadharan)
Chief General Manager-in-Charge