Agartala, Jul 13 (PTI) The Tripura government has approved rules to ban ponzi schemes from operating in the state.
The state council of ministers in its meeting on Tuesday approved the rules on the basis of ‘The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Scheme Act’, a central legislation to ban ponzi schemes, Tripura Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath said.
Earlier, the state had passed ‘The Tripura Protection of Interest of Depositors’ Act-2020 to control investment fraud, he said after the meeting.
“Since the central government has passed a stringent Act in 2019 (The Banning of Unregulated Depositi Scheme Act) which is comparable to the state’s Act, we repealed The Tripura Protection of Interest of Depositors’ Act-2020”, he said.
Under the newly formulated rules anyone found guilty of being involved in ponzi schemes is liable to be imprisoned for one to 10 years and slapped with a fine of Rs two lakh to Rs ten lakh, the minister said.
“The move is aimed at showing zero tolerance to any kind of chit fund business in Tripura,” he said.
Nath, who is also the state minister of education, said the council of ministers has approved a proposal to provide financial assistance to 15,000 final year college students under Chief Minister Yuba Yogayog Yojana. Under it each selected student will receive Rs 5000 to buy a mobile phone. PTI PS KK KK KK
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