ISLAMABAD: The holders of unregistered or bearer prize bonds have been given three months to exchange or covert with the documented ways otherwise the bills will have no worth after the deadline.
Through different notifications, the Finance Division has notified extension to exchange or conversion of high denomination unregistered/bearer prize bonds up to March 31, 2022, from the existing date of December 31, 2021.
The government allowed to exchange the bearer prize bonds with denominations including Rs7,500, Rs15,000, Rs25,000, and Rs40,000.
In June 2019, the government decided to discontinue high denomination bearer bonds in a phased manner. The government on June 24, 2019, announced to discontinue the circulation of Rs40,000 denomination national prize bonds. Similarly, on December 10, 2020, the government announced to discontinue the circulation of Rs25,000 denomination prize bonds. In April 2021, the finance ministry announced that national prize bonds of denominations Rs7,500 and Rs15,000 shall not be sold.
The bonds can be converted to premium prize bonds (registered) of denomination of Rs25,000 and Rs40,000 (subject to the adjustment of differential amount) through 16 field offices of SBP Banking Services Corporation, and branches of six commercial banks i.e. National Bank of Pakistan, Habib Bank Limited, United Bank Limited, MCB Bank Limited, Allied Bank Limited, and Bank Alfalah Limited.
The bonds can be replaced with Special Saving Certificates/Defence Saving Certificates through the 16 field offices of SBP Banking Services Corporation, authorized commercial banks, and the National Savings Center.
The bonds will only be encashed by transferring the proceeds to the bonds holder’s bank account through the 16 field offices of SBP Banking Services Corporation as well as the authorized commercial bank branches and to the Saving Accounts at National Savings Centers.
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) data showed that bearer bonds worth Rs28 billion were still in the possession of the investors by the end of October 2021.
However, the bondholders surrendered these bills worth Rs437.59 billion during the last one year. The stock of these bearer bonds is Rs465.59 billion by October 2020.