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Fair Practice Code
Background

Godrej Housing Finance Limited (“GHF” or “the Company”), as a Housing Finance Company, is required to comply with the ‘Guidelines on Fair Practices Code’ issued by the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”) under Chapter XIII of Master Direction – Non-Banking Financial Company – Housing Finance Company (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2021 issued on 17th February 2021.

Accordingly, it is proposed to adopt Fair Practice Code with the approval of the Board.

Objectives
  • To promote good and fair practices by setting minimum standards in dealing with customers;
  • To increase transparency so that the customer can have a better understanding of what he/she can reasonably expect of the services;
  • To promote a fair and cordial relationship between customer and the Company;
Review of the Code
  • The Code shall be reviewed Annually by the Board of Directors.
  • Board of Directors can at any time modify or amend, either the whole or any part of Policy
  • Compliance with Fair Practice Code shall be provided on Annual basis to the Board of Directors,
  • Half-Yearly report on grievance redressal mechanism to the Board of Directors
Application of the Code

This Code shall apply to all the products and services, whether they are provided by the GHFL, its subsidiaries or Digital Lending Platforms (self-owned and/or under an outsourcing arrangement) across the counter, over the phone, by post, through interactive electronic devices, on the internet or by any other method.

Applications for loans and their processing
  • All communications to the borrower shall be in the vernacular language or a language as understood by the borrower.
  • Company shall transparently disclose to the borrower all information about fees/ charges payable for processing the loan application, the amount of fees refundable if loan amount is not sanctioned/ disbursed, pre-payment options and charges, if any, penal interest/ penalty for delayed repayment, if any, conversion charges for switching loan from fixed to floating rates or vice-versa, existence of any interest reset clause and any other matter which affects the interest of the borrower. Company shall disclose ‘all in cost’ inclusive of all charges involved in processing/ sanctioning of loan application in a transparent manner.
  • All such charges/ fees which are levied on the Borrower are non-discriminatory,
  • Loan application forms include necessary information which affects the interest of the borrower which enable a meaningful comparison with the terms and conditions offered by other Finance Companies and aid borrower in making an informed decision.
  • The Company has a system of giving acknowledgement for receipt of all loan applications.
Loan appraisal, terms/ conditions and communication of rejection of loan application
  • Company endeavours to collect all particulars required for processing the loan application shall be collected by the Company at the time of application. However, in case we need any additional information, we shall endeavour to inform the customer should be told immediately that he would be contacted again.
  • Company shall convey in writing to the borrower in the vernacular language or a language as understood by the borrower by means of sanction letter or otherwise, the amount of loan sanctioned along with all terms and conditions including annualized rate of interest, method of application, EMI Structure, prepayment charges, penal interest (if any) and keep the written acceptance of these terms and conditions by the borrower on its record.
  • Company shall mention the penal interest charged for late repayment in bold in the loan agreement.
  • Company shall furnish a copy of the loan agreement along with a copy of each of the enclosures quoted in the loan agreement to every borrower at the time of disbursement of loans through its Customer Portal which can be accessed by the Borrower
  • If Company cannot provide the loan to the customer, it shall communicate in writing the reason(s) for rejection.
Disbursement of loans including changes in terms and conditions
  • Disbursement shall be made in accordance with the disbursement schedule / Disbursement terms advised to the Borrower as per Finance Documents.
  • The Company shall give notice to the borrower in the vernacular language or a language as understood by the borrower of any change in the terms and conditions including disbursement schedule, interest rates, penal interest (if any), service charges, prepayment charges, other applicable fee/ charges etc. by the mechanisms informed in MITC or Loan Agreement.
  • Company will ensure that changes in interest rates and charges are effected only prospectively.
  • If such change is to the disadvantage of the customer, he/ she may within 60 days and without notice close his/ her account or switch it without having to pay any extra charges or interest.
  • Decision to recall/ accelerate payment or performance under the agreement or seeking additional securities, will be in consonance with the loan agreement.
  • Company shall release all securities on repayment of all dues or on realization of the outstanding amount of loan subject to any legitimate right or lien for any other claim Company may have against borrower. If such right of set off is to be exercised, the borrower shall be given notice about the same with full particulars about the remaining claims and the conditions under which Company are entitled to retain the securities till the relevant claim is settled/ paid.
Responsibility of Board of Directors
  • The Board of Directors of Company have laid down a Grievance Redressal mechanism within the organization to resolve complaints and grievances which is enunciated in the Grievance Redressal Policy for the Organization.
  • This mechanism ensures that all disputes arising out of the decisions of lending institution’s functionaries are heard and disposed of at least at the next higher level.
  • The Board of Directors of shall conduct an annual review of the compliance of the Fair Practices Code and the functioning of the grievances redressal mechanism at various levels of management
Complaints and Grievance Redressal

Guidelines for complaint and grievance redressal are contained in Grievance Redressal Policy of the Company.

Mode of Communication

Language and mode of communicating Fair Practice Code, which shall be in the vernacular language or a language as understood by the borrower, shall be put up on Companies website, for the information of various stakeholders.

Interest charged by Company
  • The Board of Company has adopted an interest rate model taking into account relevant factors such as cost of funds, margin and risk premium which helps in determining the rate of interest to be charged for loans and advances.
  • The rate of interest and the approach for gradation of risk and rationale for charging different rate of interest to different categories of borrowers shall be disclosed to the borrower or customer in the application form and communicated explicitly in the sanction letter. The Board of the GHFL will have clearly laid down policy for penal interest/ charges. The rate of interest and penal interest (if any) must be annualised rate so that the borrower is aware of the exact rates that would be charged to the account.
  • The rates of interest and the approach for gradation of risks, and penal interest (if any) shall also be made available on the website of the companies. The information published in the website published shall be updated whenever there is a change in the rates of interest
  • Instalments collected from borrowers will clearly indicate the bifurcation between interest and principal in repayment schedule of Company
Advertising, Marketing and Sales

Company shall:

  • Ensure that all advertising and promotional material is clear, and factual
  • In any advertising in any media and promotional literature that draws attention to a service or product and includes a reference to an interest rate, Company shall also indicate whether other fees and charges will apply and that full details of the relevant terms and conditions are available on request or on the website.
  • Company shall provide information on interest rates, common fees and charges (including penal interest, if any) through putting up notices in their branches; through telephone or help-lines; on the company’s website; through designated staff/ help desk; or providing service guide/ tariff schedule.
  • If Company avail of the services of third parties for providing support services, Company shall require that such third parties handle customer’s personal information (if any available to such third parties) with the same degree of confidentiality and security as the Company would.
  • Company may, from time to time, communicate to customers various features of their products availed by them. Information about their other products or promotional offers in respect of products/ services, may be conveyed to customers only if he/ she has given his/ her consent to receive such information/ service either by mail or by registering for the same on the website or on customer service number
  • Company has prescribed a code of conduct for their Direct Selling Agencies (DSAs) whose services are availed to market products/ services which amongst other matters require them to identify themselves when they approach the customer for selling products personally or through phone.
  • Company has adopted the Model Code of Conducts for Direct Selling Agents (DSAs)/ Direct Marketing Agents (DMAs) as part of outsourcing policy with the approval of our Board,
  • In the event of receipt of any complaint from the customer that Company’s representative/ courier or DSA has engaged in any improper conduct or acted in violation of this Code, appropriate steps shall be initiated to investigate and to handle the complaint and to make good the loss.
Guarantors

When a person is considering being a guarantor to a loan, he/ she is being informed about following:

  • his/ her liability as guarantor;
  • the amount of liability he/ she will be committing him/herself to the company;
  • circumstances in which HFC will call on him/her to pay up his/ her liability;
  • whether HFC has recourse to his/her other monies in the company if he/ she fail to pay up as a guarantor;
  • whether his/her liabilities as a guarantor are limited to a specific quantum or are they unlimited; and
  • time and circumstances in which his/ her liabilities as a guarantor will be discharged as also the manner in which HFC will notify him/ her about this.
  • In case the guarantor refuses to comply with the demand made by the creditor/ lender, despite having sufficient means to make payment of the dues, such guarantor would also be treated as a wilful defaulter.

Company shall keep him/her informed of any material adverse change/s in the financial position of the borrower to whom he/ she stands as a guarantor.

Privacy and Confidentiality
  • All personal information of customers, both present and past, shall be treated as private and confidential and shall be guided by the following principles and policies.
  • Company shall not reveal information or data relating to customer accounts, whether provided by the customers or otherwise, to anyone, including other companies/ entities in their group, other than in the following exceptional cases:
    • If the information is to be given by law.
    • If there is a duty towards the public to reveal the information.
    • If Company’s interests require them to give the information (for example, to prevent fraud). However, it should not be used as a reason for giving information about customer or customer accounts (including customer name and address) to anyone else, including other companies in the group, for marketing purposes.
    • If the customer asks Company to reveal the information, or with the customer’s permission.
  • If Company are asked to give a reference about customers, they shall obtain his/ her written permission before giving it
  • The customer shall be informed the extent of his/ her rights under the existing legal framework for accessing the personal records that GHFL holds about him/ her, through the Privacy Policy,
  • Company shall not use customer’s personal information for marketing purposes by anyone including Company, unless the customer specifically authorizes them to do so.
Guidelines for pre-payment of loans
  • Company shall not charge pre-payment levy or penalty on pre-closure of housing loans under the following situations:
    • Where the housing loan is on floating interest rate basis and pre-closed from any source.
    • Where the housing loan is on fixed interest rate basis and the loan is pre-closed by the borrower out of their own sources.
  • The expression “own sources” for the purpose means any source other than by borrowing from a bank/ HFC/ NBFC and/or a financial institution.
  • Company shall not impose foreclosure charges/ pre-payment penalties on any floating rate term loan sanctioned for purposes other than business to individual borrowers, with or without co-obligant(s).
  • All dual/ special rate (combination of fixed and floating) housing loans will attract the preclosure norms applicable to fixed/ floating rate depending on whether at the time of preclosure, the loan is on fixed or floating rate. In case of a dual/ special rate housing loans, the pre-closure norm for floating rate will apply once the loan has been converted into floating rate loan, after the expiry of the fixed interest rate period. This applied to all such dual/ special rate housing loans being foreclosed hereafter. It is also clarified that a fixed rate loan is one where the rate is fixed for entire duration of the loan.
General
  • Company shall refrain from interference in the affairs of the borrower except for the purposes provided in the terms and conditions of the loan agreement (unless information, not earlier disclosed by the borrower, has been noticed).
  • In case of receipt of request from the borrower for transfer of borrower’s account, the consent or otherwise i.e. objection of the Company, if any, shall be conveyed within 21 days from the date of receipt of request. Such transfer shall be as per transparent contractual terms in consonance with law.
  • Whenever loans are given, Company shall explain to the customer the repayment process by way of amount, tenure and periodicity of repayment through Repayment Schedule.
  • Company has formulated a Collection Policy which contains guidelines with respect to repayment process.
  • To facilitate quick and good understanding of the major terms and conditions of housing loan agreed upon between Company and the individual borrower, Company shall obtain a document containing the most important terms and conditions (MITC) of such loan in all cases in the suggestive format as per Annex I. The document will be in addition to the existing loan and security documents being obtained by the Company.
  • Company has prepared the said document in language understandable by the borrower and a copy duly executed between the Company and the borrower is uploaded on the Customer Portal.
  • Display of various key aspect such as service charges, interest rates, Penal interest (if any), services offered, product information, time norms for various transactions and grievance redressal mechanism, etc. is required to promote transparency in the operations of Company. Company shall follow the instructions on “Notice Board”, “Booklets/ Brochures”, “Website”, “Other Modes of Display” and on “Other Issues” as per the prescribed guidelines.
  • HFC shall display about their products and services in English on its website.
  • Company shall not discriminate on grounds of sex, caste and religion in the matter of lending. Further, Company shall also not discriminate visually impaired or physically challenged applicants on the ground of disability in extending products, services, facilities, etc. However, this does not preclude Company from instituting or participating in schemes framed for different sections of the society.
  • To publicise the Code, Company shall:
    • provide existing and new customers with a copy of the Code;
    • make this Code available on request either over the counter or by electronic communication or mail;
    • make available this Code at every branch and on their website; and
    • ensure that their staff are trained to provide relevant information about the Code and to put the Code into practice.
Disclaimer

Please read the Terms and Conditions provided below carefully as they will govern conduct, rights, responsibility and obligations of a User with regard to website of Godrej Housing Finance Limited ("GHF")

Definitions

Content means and includes any material, information, advisory, calculators, FAQs, data or graphs, money market movements, interactive media, marketing material, news items, texts, graphics, links etc, whether or not belonging to GHF, which is available either directly or through a link or pathway in Website

Godrej Housing Finance Limited is a Housing Finance Company registered with Reserve Bank of India as a Non-Banking Finance Company – Housing Finance Company (NBFC-HFC). It may be referred to as either GHF or Company interchangeably.

User refers to the person (s) who is / are viewing the Website for any purpose and who shall be bound by the Terms and Conditions mentioned herein. The applicants working either individually or together for going through Instant Sanction or Digital Journey will be referred collectively as User. In the document all reference to "You", "Us", "Me", "We" and "I" shall be to User.

Website refers to this website with URL www.godrejhf.com which your are browsing / visting.

Introduction

This is a binding arrangement between you, the user, and GHF, establishing the terms and conditions under which the Website may be accessed by You. By accessing, through any means and media this Website, you agree to be bound irrevocably by these terms and conditions.

User Declaration
  • I have willingly and with my consent agreed to visit this Website.
  • I / we understand that hosting of any residential / non-residential Project details / any other product offering or branding in Website is not endorsement of it by GHF and its responsibility of the User to ascertain its details and its selection is on risk and judgement of User
  • I / we understand that GHF uses any third party offering for Website and GHF does not represent them or assures their service or any performance standard and in case of any dispute we would have to approach them with no recourse to GHF
  • I / we understand that the financial products / services provided through Website on acceptance will lead creation of financial liability towards GHF.
  • I/We agree and understand that GHF may collect information provided by me/ us during visit to Website and I/ We shall not dispute this retention.
  • I/We agree and declare that we shall keep all details, documents and media or any other information related to the Website as confidential and will take prior permission from GHF before sharing it with any third party
  • The user acknowledges that in order to fully access the Website he would require an active internet connection which can be Wi-Fi or the Local Area Network (LAN) connection. GHF does not assume any responsibility/liability if the User is not able to go through the Website due to absence/ insufficiency of the required internet connection.
  • GHF will not be concerned with any dispute between the user and the Internet Service Provider and/or any third party providing the internet connection or any other services responsible to run the website and will not be a party to same.
  • The User acknowledges that all rates, charges and fees quoted / stated for various financial products and schemes and interest rates cited as examples of rates which may be in effect from time to time are indicative rates only and are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of GHF and its group entities as the case may be, and applicable Indian laws. These charges, fees and rates may change depending upon the assessment made by GHF in individual cases upon receiving necessary information and documents.
  • The User shall be responsible in obtaining and maintaining all computer hardware and other equipment needed for access to this Website.
Use of Information and Materials
  • You are advised to exercise due caution and/or seek independent advice before availing any facility or entering into any financial obligation based on the Content you will come across in Website.
  • The Content which you will receive in Website or other terms are provided on an "as is", "as available" basis and are protected by copyright.
  • You cannot distribute the Content to others without the express written consent of GHF.
  • You cannot copy, download, publish, distribute, or reproduce any of the Content which you will receive in Website in any form without prior permission of GHF.
  • The Content which you will receive in Website should not be regarded as an offer, solicitation, invitation, advice or recommendation to buy or sell investments, securities or any other instrument or financial products / schemes of GHF, or any of its group entities.
  • Use of the products or services described in Website may not be permitted in some countries and if in doubt, you should check with your local regulator or authority before requesting further information on such products/ services.
  • Products and Services are available only at the discretion of GHF and its group entities, subject to the individual contractual terms and conditions of products and services on which they are offered and such products and services may be withdrawn or amended at any time without notice.
  • The full range of products or services may not be available in all locations.
  • The user acknowledges and declares that Third parties assistance, by both User and GHF, may be required for using the Website and GHF does not provide any assurance or warranty for the standard or continuance of their service.
No Representation or Warranty
  • No information sent to any user through this Website shall constitute any representation or warranty by GHF regarding the credit-worthiness, financial performance or prospects, solvency, or viability of any company or other legal entity or the business carried on by such entity.
  • All information in this website is being provided under the condition and understanding that the same is not being interpreted or relied on as legal, accounting, tax, financial, investment or other professional advice, or as advice on specific facts or matters.
  • GHF may at any time (without being obliged to do so) update, edit, alter and or remove any information in whole or in part that may be available on this Website and shall not be held responsible for all or any actions that may subsequently result in any loss, damage and or liability.
  • Nothing contained herein is to be construed as a recommendation to use any product or process, and GHF makes no representation or warranty, express or implied that, the use thereof will not infringe any patent, or otherwise.
  • The User is expected to keep abreast of any changes made in this website and the information available on it on a regular basis and GHF and its group entities undertake no responsibility about advising the user/clients about any such changes.
  • GHF makes no warranties as to the confidentiality or security of the information or messages whether personal or otherwise received through Website unless otherwise specified expressly and bound through applicable law. Though GHF will endeavour to ensure that information contained on this Website is obtained from sources which, it considers, are reliable, GHF and its subsidiaries do not warrant such information’s completeness or accuracy.
  • Though reasonable efforts are maintained by GHF to ensure that Website process is free from all viruses no representation is being made that it is free from all defects and User is accessing it at his own risk.
Limited Liability

GHF, its directors and employees accept no liability and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising directly or indirectly (including special, incidental or consequential, punitive, or exemplary loss, damage or expenses) from your use of this Website, howsoever arising, and including any loss, damage or expense arising from, but not limited to, any defect, error, omission, interruption, imperfection, fault, mistake or inaccuracy, its Contents or associated services, or due to any inaccessibility of this Website or any part thereof or any contents or associated services even if the Users are advised of the possibility of such damages, losses or expenses.

Damages

In no event shall Godrej Housing Finance Limited and/or its affiliates be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, consequential damages or any damages whatsoever including, without limitation, damages for loss of use, data or profits, arising out of or in any way connected with the use or performance of the Godrej Housing Finance Limited web sites.

Trademark & Copyright

The Godrej Housing Finance Limited logos and marks appearing in this site are registered and/or pending registration in the name of Godrej Housing Finance Limited or are used under license by its affiliates in the areas where Godrej markets products bearing these trademarks. The use or misuse of these trademarks or any other content on this site, is strictly prohibited.

The copyright in the material on this website belongs to Godrej Housing Finance Limited and may be copied and used only for personal and non-commercial purposes (except as previously authorised in writing by Godrej Housing Finance Limited).

Linked Websites

This Website may contain links to other websites of affiliate companies or group entities of GHF. This Website may also contains links to external websites, having further linked websites, controlled or offered by third parties (Non-Affiliates of GHF), in order to help you find relevant websites, services and/or products which may be of interest to you, quickly and easily. The contents displayed or products / services offered on such linked websites or any quality of the products/ services are not endorsed, verified or monitored by GHF. GHF is also not responsible for the owners or operators of such external links or websites or for any products or services they supply or for the contents of their websites and do not give or enter into any conditions, warranties, express or implied; or other terms or representations in relation to any of these or accept any liability in relation to any of these (including any liability arising out of any claim that the content of any external websites to which this website includes a link infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party).

RBI Disclaimer

"Godrej Housing Finance Limited ("GHF") is having a valid Certificate of Registration (Without Permission to accept Public Deposits) dated ...... issued by the Reserve Bank of India under Section 29A of the National Housing Bank Act, 1987. However, the Reserve Bank of India/ National Housing Bank does not accept any responsibility or guarantee about the present position as to the financial soundness of the company or for the correctness of any of the statements or representations made or opinions expressed by the company and for repayment of deposits / discharge of the liabilities by GHF"

Governing Law

This website and the terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with all applicable laws of India, unless stated otherwise. All disputes arising out of or in connection with these terms and conditions or use of this website shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Mumbai. The Laws of India shall apply.

Terms and Conditions of Digital Sanction

Please read the Terms and Conditions provided below carefully as they will govern the “Instant Sanction” & “Digital Journey” which an User will have with Godrej Housing Finance Limited (“GHF”)

Definitions

Acceptance is acceptance to any type of terms & conditions will be usage of the Digital Sanction. For application form and sanction letter or offering of any kind which is made to the User by the Company through any of the mode (a) OTP, (b) email acceptance, (c) e-sign or (d) any other mode introduced by company.

Co-Applicant is an applicant whose name comes post Main Applicant in the order of applicants. However, the order of name does not impact either the liability or responsibility of the User. A co-applicant will act as an agent of main applicant. There may be multiple co-applicants. Main applicant and co-applicants are together referred to as applicants.

Content means and includes any material, information, advisory, calculators, FAQs, data or graphs, money market movements, interactive media, marketing material, news items, texts, graphics, links etc. which is available either directly or through a link or pathway in Digital Sanction.

Digital Journey is a process hosted on digital media, which may or may not have support of (a) in-person GHF employee / representative, (b) tele-support by GHF employee / representative or (c) co-browsing chat bot, through which GHF allows User to participate in its Risk Qualification Process wherein he may be offered to opt for different loan products / other products by GHF subject to User qualifying to the internal policies of GHF. In the event, User qualifies, a Sanction Letter shall be shared with them, however, acceptance of Sanction Letter is the sole decision of User.

Digital Sanction: Digital Journey together with Instant Sanction is referred to as Digital Sanction.

E-Sign is an IT enabled facility provided with the help of independent Telecom Companies which is one of the facilities used by the User to give their acceptance to the Company.

Godrej Housing Finance Limited is a Housing Finance Company registered with Reserve Bank of India as a Non-Banking Finance Company – Housing Finance Company (NBFC-HFC). It may be referred to as either GHF or Company interchangeably.

Instant Sanction is a process which may or may not have support of (a) in-person GHF employee / representative, (b) tele-support by GHF employee / representative or (c) co-browsing chat bot, wherein GHF will convey a to the User sanctioned amount which will be an in-principle non-binding sanction on either party basis the limited information shared by the customer and qualify him to participate further in Digital Journey / normal loan process leading to full appraisal of his credit eligibility.

Main Applicant is the applicant whose name comes first in the order of applicants. However, the order of name does not impact either the liability or responsibility of the User. A main applicant will act as an agent of co-applicant. Main applicant and co-applicants are together referred to as applicants.

OTP or One Time Password is a SMS based confirmation facility provided with the help of independent Telecom Companies which is one of the facilities used by the User to give their acceptance to the Company.

Risk Qualification Process is the internal credit process of the company which is proprietary to the Company which is to be decided solely by the company.

Sanction Letter is a document containing terms and conditions specific to the grant of loan amount to the User.

User refers to the person (s) who is / are submitting their personal information on own consent with GHF for the purpose of participating in Instant Sanction & Digital Journey and who shall be bound by the Terms and Conditions mentioned herein. The applicants working either individually or together for going through Instant Sanction or Digital Journey will be referred collectively as User. In the document all reference to “You”, “Us”, “Me”, “We” and “I” shall be to User.

Introduction

This is a binding arrangement between you, the user, and GHF, establishing the terms and conditions under which the Digital Sanction may be undertaken by the User. By accessing, through any means and media this Digital Sanction, you agree to be bound irrevocably by these terms and conditions. In the event of any conflict between the terms and conditions of specific products or services and terms and conditions of Digital Sanction, the conditions specific to such products or services shall prevail.

User Declaration

I declare that t I having willingly and with my consent agreed to be part of the “Digital Experience” and that I will share all the particulars and information as is required in this Digital Experience in truthful, accurate and complete manner and understand that they shall form the basis of any decision of the Company to consider me for grant of any loan / credit facility / other offering which GHF may decide to grant me.

I/We expressly authorise GHF or any of its group entities / authorised agents & representatives to carry out the all requisite checks by such processes as may be permissible under law for considering my application for loan including but not limited to

  • KYC checks and / or KYC processes such as Video KYC, Aadhar offline verification or any other approved KYC mechanism,
  • Obtaining credit history from Credit Information Companies,
  • Obtaining / conducting credit verification checks,
  • Accessing my Bank records,
  • Verifying my income and expenses
  • Verifying my contact details
  • Employment verification,
  • accessing and procuring data from databases maintained by statutory or other authorities constituted by law
  • Authentication / verification of documents submitted by me or which comes into possession of company during Risk Qualification Process or
  • Any other details submitted during the journey, and
  • Any other check which the GHF may deem fit and necessary

I / we understand that hosting of any residential / non-residential Project details in the Digital Sanction is not endorsement of it by GHF and its responsibility of the User to ascertain its details and its selection is on risk and judgement of User.

I / we understand that we may have to use any third party offering during this Digital Sanction process and GHF does not represent them or assures their service or any performance standard and in case of any dispute we would have to approach them with no recourse to GHF.

I / we understand that the financial products / services provided through Digital Sanction on acceptance will lead creation of financial liability towards GHF.

I/We agree and understand that GHF reserves its right to retain the documents / information provided by me/ us even in case I / we do not qualify under the Risk Qualification Process and I/ We shall not dispute this retention.

I/We agree and declare that we shall keep all details, documents and media or any other information related to the Digital Sanction process as confidential and will take prior permission from GHF before sharing it with any third party.

The user acknowledges that in order to fully access the Digital Sanction he would require an active internet connection which can be Wi-Fi or the Local Area Network (LAN) connection. GHF does not assume any responsibility/liability if the User is not able to go through the Digital Sanction due to absence/ insufficiency of the required internet connection.

GHF will not be concerned with any dispute between the user and the Internet Service Provider and/or any third party providing the internet connection or any other services responsible to run the website and will not be a party to same.

The User acknowledges that all rates, charges and fees quoted / stated for various financial products and schemes and interest rates cited as examples of rates which may be in effect from time to time are indicative rates only and are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of GHF and its group entities as the case may be, and applicable Indian laws. These charges, fees and rates may change depending upon the assessment made by GHF in individual cases upon receiving necessary information and documents.

The user shall be responsible in obtaining and maintaining all computer hardware and other equipment needed for access to and use this Digital Sanction.

I / We agree that the Digital Sanction shall be governed by the rules, guidelines, directives etc. issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) or National Housing Bank (NHB) or any other competent authority.

Use of Information and Materials

You are advised to exercise due caution and/or seek independent advice before availing any facility or entering into any financial obligation based on the Content you will come across in Digital Sanction. The Content which you will receive in Digital Sanction or other terms are provided on an “as is”, “as available” basis and are protected by copyright. You cannot distribute the Content to others without the express written consent of GHF. You cannot copy, download, publish, distribute or reproduce any of the Content which you will receive in Digital Sanction in any form without prior permission of GHF.

The Content which you will receive in Digital Sanction should not be regarded as an offer, solicitation, invitation, advice or recommendation to buy or sell investments, securities or any other instrument or financial products / schemes of GHF, or any of its group entities. Use of the products or services described in Digital Sanction may not be permitted in some countries and if in doubt, you should check with your local regulator or authority before requesting further information on such products/ services. Products and Services are available only at the discretion of GHF and its group entities, subject to the individual contractual terms and conditions of products and services on which they are offered and such products and services may be withdrawn or amended at any time without notice. The full range of products or services may not be available in all locations.

The user acknowledges and declares that Third parties assistance, by both User and GHF, may be required for using the Digital Sanction and GHF does not provide any assurance or warranty for the standard or continuance of their service.

No Representation or Warranty

No information sent to any user through this Digital Sanction shall constitute any representation or warranty by GHF regarding the credit-worthiness, financial performance or prospects, solvency, or viability of any company or other legal entity or the business carried on by such entity.

All information in this website is being provided under the condition and understanding that the same is not being interpreted or relied on as legal, accounting, tax, financial, investment or other professional advice, or as advice on specific facts or matters. GHF may at any time (without being obliged to do so) update, edit, alter and or remove any information in whole or in part that may be available on this Digital Sanction process and shall not be held responsible for all or any actions that may subsequently result in any loss, damage and or liability. Nothing contained herein is to be construed as a recommendation to use any product or process, and GHF makes no representation or warranty, express or implied that, the use thereof will not infringe any patent, or otherwise. The User is expected to keep abreast of any changes made in this website and the information available on it on a regular basis and GHF and its group entities undertake no responsibility about advising the user/clients about any such changes.

GHF makes no warranties as to the confidentiality or security of the information or messages whether personal or otherwise received through Digital Sanction unless otherwise specified expressly and bound through applicable law.

Though GHF will endeavour to ensure that information contained on this Digital Sanction Process is obtained from sources which, it considers, are reliable, GHF and its subsidiaries do not warrant such information’s completeness or accuracy.

Though reasonable efforts are maintained by GHF to ensure that Digital Sanction process is free from all viruses no representation is being made that it is free from all defects and User is accessing it at his own risk.

Limitation of Liability

GHF, its directors and employees accept no liability and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising directly or indirectly (including special, incidental or consequential, punitive, or exemplary loss, damage or expenses) from your use of this Digital Sanction process, howsoever arising, and including any loss, damage or expense arising from, but not limited to, any defect, error, omission, interruption, imperfection, fault, mistake or inaccuracy, its Contents or associated services, or due to any inaccessibility of this Digital Sanction process or any part thereof or any contents or associated services even if the Users are advised of the possibility of such damages, losses or expenses.

Acceptance

As part of Digital Sanction Process the user may be asked to sign the documents such as Application form, Sanction letter etc with the aid of OTP, E-sign facility, email acceptance or any other which will lead to acceptance of the terms and is equal to the acceptance of documents in written form. Users may be asked to input their aadhar number for e-sign and share OTP for e-sign. The company does not store the AADHAR number or OTP. A copy of the signed document will be shared with the User for his record.

Intellectual Property Rights

All rights relating to this Digital Sanction process as well as its functionalities are the exclusive property of Godrej Housing Finance Limited (particularly including but not limited to copyrights, trademarks, source code, patents as well as any other intellectual property right). All the information provided on or via this Digital Sanction process (including all texts, graphics, design or logos) shall be the intellectual property of GHF and/ or its group entities. You agree not to copy, forward, download or share content without obtaining the necessary rights or permissions to do so. You also agree not to abuse the use of this Digital Sanction Process.

In the event any content on the Digital Sanction process or any intellectual property of GHF are copied / used by the user for any profit or non-profit venture then the User shall be liable to pay for damages as set out by GHF.

Linked Websites

This Digital Sanction Process may contain links to other websites of affiliate companies or group entities of GHF. This Digital Sanction Process may also contains links to external websites, having further linked websites, controlled or offered by third parties (Non-Affiliates of GHF), in order to help you find relevant websites, services and/or products which may be of interest to you, quickly and easily. The contents displayed or products / services offered on such linked websites or any quality of the products/ services are not endorsed, verified or monitored by GHF. GHF is also not responsible for the owners or operators of such external links or websites or for any products or services they supply or for the contents of their websites and do not give or enter into any conditions, warranties, express or implied; or other terms or representations in relation to any of these or accept any liability in relation to any of these (including any liability arising out of any claim that the content of any external websites to which this website includes a link infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party).

RBI Disclaimer

“Godrej Housing Finance Limited (“GHF”) is having a valid Certificate of Registration (Without Permission to accept Public Deposits) dated …………… issued by the Reserve Bank of India under Section 29A of the National Housing Bank Act, 1987. However, the Reserve Bank of India/ National Housing Bank does not accept any responsibility or guarantee about the present position as to the financial soundness of the company or for the correctness of any of the statements or representations made or opinions expressed by the company and for repayment of deposits / discharge of the liabilities by GHF”.

Governing Law

This website and the terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with all applicable laws of India, unless stated otherwise. All disputes arising out of or in connection with these terms and conditions or use of this website shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Mumbai. The Laws of India shall apply.

Legal Proceedings

You confirm that you have/had no insolvency proceedings against you nor have you ever been adjudicated insolvent by any court or other authority.

Amendments

GHF reserves the right to change the information provided on or via this Digital Sanction Process, including these terms and conditions or to charge for its services, at any time and without notice. It is recommended that you periodically review the information provided on or via this Digital Sanction Process, including these terms and conditions, periodically for changes. GHF shall not be held responsible for all or any actions that may subsequently result in any loss, damage and or liability on account of such change in the information on this website.

Suspension and cancellation

GHF can at any time, without the need to give a reason, notice or compensation, suspend your ability to use this Digital Sanction process. The suspension or cancellation of the licence to use this Digital Sanction process will mean that you will no longer have any access to your data, without you having any recourse against GHF or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates.

Accuracy and correctness of Information

You confirm that any information provided by you or any details shared for the Digital Sanction process are correct and you undertake to pass on any modifications to GHF. You shall indemnify and hold GHF harmless against any loss, damage or costs suffered / incurred by GHF as a result erroneous information supplied by you or your authorized Users. Specifically, you are responsible for the confidentiality of any codes and passwords allowing you to use this Digital Sanction process, and access to your information as well as this use and this access by any third party, whether or not they are authorised by you.

Communication

You agree that GHF or its group entities or their employees or agents may share all information and details as provided by you in your application in relation to your existing loans and/ or repayment history to any third party including but not limited to its group companies, service providers, banks, financial institutions, credit bureaus, telecommunication companies, statutory bodies etc. for customer verification, personalisation of products and services, credit rating, data enrichment, marketing or promotion of the products or services of Godrej Housing Finance Limited or its group entities or of any other service provider.

You agree that you consent to receiving any other information through telephone / e-mail / SMS / WhatsApp or any other electronic / digital medium for marketing purposes from any GHF / its group entities or other service provider even though your name appears in the National Customer Preference Registry (Do Not Disturb Registry). You expressly agree that any such calls/SMS/e-mails/WhatsApp messages or electronic/ digital messages will not cause any inconvenience to you or your family members.

You expressly and irrevocably consent that for any claim against the service providers, GHF or its group entities shall not be liable and your claim on this account shall be against the service providers and/or tele-callers. You agree to the use of WhatsApp or other electronic/ digital media for communication or sharing of information or documents or for sending notices, agree to abide by the terms and conditions of such applications and agree to the risks associated with such applications or sharing of information or issuance of notices through them. Further, you agree that any acceptance of terms & conditions by you through / e-mail/ SMS/WhatsApp or any other electronic/ digital medium will be binding on you.

Terms and Conditions for Independent Directors
CODE FOR INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS

The Code is a guide to professional conduct for Independent Directors. Adherence to these standards by Independent Directors and fulfilment of their responsibilities in a professional and faithful manner will promote confidence of the investment community, particularly minority shareholders, regulators and companies in the institution of independent directors. The said Code is aligned pursuant to Section 149 (8) read with Schedule IV of the Companies Act, 2013.

Guidelines of professional conduct:

    An independent director shall:
  • uphold ethical standards of integrity and probity;
  • act objectively and constructively while exercising his duties;
  • exercise his responsibilities in a bona fide manner in the interest of the company;
  • devote sufficient time and attention to his professional obligations for informed and balanced decision making;
  • not allow any extraneous considerations that will vitiate his exercise of objective independent judgment in the paramount interest of the company as a whole, while concurring in or dissenting from the collective judgment of the Board in its decision making;
  • not abuse his position to the detriment of the company or its shareholders or for the purpose of gaining direct or indirect personal advantage or advantage for any associated person;
  • refrain from any action that would lead to loss of his independence;
  • where circumstances arise which make an independent director lose his independence, the independent director must immediately inform the Board accordingly;
  • assist the company in implementing the best corporate governance practices.

Role and functions:

    The independent directors shall:
  • help in bringing an independent judgment to bear on the Board’s deliberations especially on issues of strategy, performance, risk management, resources, key appointments and standards of conduct;
  • bring an objective view in the evaluation of the performance of board and management;
  • scrutinize the performance of management in meeting agreed goals and objectives and monitor the reporting of performance;
  • satisfy themselves on the integrity of financial information and that financial controls and the systems of risk management are robust and defensible;
  • safeguard the interests of all stakeholders, particularly the minority shareholders;
  • balance the conflicting interest of the stakeholders;
  • determine appropriate levels of remuneration of executive directors, key managerial personnel and senior management and have a prime role in appointing and where necessary recommend removal of executive directors, key managerial personnel and senior management;
  • moderate and arbitrate in the interest of the company as a whole, in situations of conflict between management and shareholder’s interest.

Duties :

    The independent directors shall:
  • undertake appropriate induction and regularly update and refresh their skills, knowledge and familiarity with the company;
  • seek appropriate clarification or amplification of information and, where necessary, take and follow appropriate professional advice and opinion of outside experts at the expense of the company;
  • strive to attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the Board committees of which he is a member;
  • participate constructively and actively in the committees of the Board in which they are chairpersons or members;
  • strive to attend the general meetings of the company;
  • where they have concerns about the running of the company or a proposed action, ensure that these are addressed by the Board and, to the extent that they are not resolved, insist that their concerns are recorded in the minutes of the Board meeting;
  • keep themselves well informed about the company and the external environment in which it operates; not to unfairly obstruct the functioning of an otherwise proper Board or committee of the Board;
  • pay sufficient attention and ensure that adequate deliberations are held before approving related party transactions and assure themselves that the same are in the interest of the company;
  • pay sufficient attention and ensure that adequate deliberations are held before approving related party transactions and assure themselves that the same are in the interest of the company;
  • ascertain and ensure that the company has an adequate and functional vigil mechanism and to ensure that the interests of a person who uses such mechanism are not prejudicially affected on account of such use;
  • . report concerns about unethical behaviour, actual or suspected fraud or violation of the company’s code of conduct or ethics policy;
  • acting within his authority, assist in protecting the legitimate interests of the company, shareholders and its employees;
  • not disclose confidential information, including commercial secrets, technologies, advertising and sales promotion plans, unpublished price sensitive information, unless such disclosure is expressly approved by the Board or required by law.

Manner of appointment:

  • Appointment process of independent directors shall be independent of the company management; while selecting independent directors the Board shall ensure that there is appropriate balance of skills, experience and knowledge in the Board so as to enable the Board to discharge its functions and duties effectively.
  • The appointment of independent director(s) of the company shall be approved at the meeting of the shareholders.
  • The explanatory statement attached to the notice of the meeting for approving the appointment of independent director shall include a statement that in the opinion of the Board, the independent director proposed to be appointed fulfills the conditions specified in the Act and the rules made thereunder and that the proposed director is independent of the management.
  • The appointment of independent directors shall be formalized through a letter of appointment, which shall set out:
    • the term of appointment;
    • the expectation of the Board from the appointed director; the Board-level committee(s) in which the director is expected to serve and its tasks;
    • the fiduciary duties that come with such an appointment along with accompanying liabilities;
    • provision for Directors and Officers (D and O) insurance, if any;
    • the Code of Business Ethics that the company expects its directors and employees to follow;
    • the list of actions that a director should not do while functioning as such in the company; and
    • the remuneration, mentioning periodic fees, reimbursement of expenses for participation in the Boards and other meetings and profit related commission, if any
  • The terms and conditions of appointment of independent directors shall be open for inspection at the registered office of the company by any member during normal business hours.
  • The terms and conditions of appointment of independent directors shall also be posted on the company’s website.

Re-appointment:

The re-appointment of independent director shall be on the basis of report of performance evaluation.

Resignation or removal:

  • The resignation or removal of an independent director shall be in the same manner as is provided in sections 168 and 169 of the Act.
  • An independent director who resigns or is removed from the Board of the company shall be replaced by a new independent director within three months from the date of such resignation or removal, as the case may be.
  • Where the company fulfils the requirement of independent directors in its Board even without filling the vacancy created by such resignation or removal, as the case may be, the requirement of replacement by a new independent director shall not apply.

Separate meetings:

  • The independent directors of the company shall hold at least one meeting in a financial year, without the attendance of non-independent directors and members of management;
  • All the independent directors of the company shall strive to be present at such meeting;
  • The meeting shall:
    • review the performance of non-independent directors and the Board as a whole;
    • review the performance of the Chairperson of the company, taking into account the views of executive directors and non-executive directors;
    • assess the quality, quantity and timeliness of flow of information between the company management and the Board that is necessary for the Board to effectively and reasonably perform their duties.

Evaluation mechanism:

  • The performance evaluation of independent directors shall be done by the entire Board of Directors, excluding the director being evaluated.
  • On the basis of the report of performance evaluation, it shall be determined whether to extend or continue the term of appointment of the independent director.
Marketing & Advertisement Terms and Conditions
Introduction

Godrej Housing Finance Limited (GHF) is a NBFC-Housing Finance Company registered with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) engaged in the business of providing finance solutions to the eligible applicants. For the purpose of acquainting prospective borrowers about its brand, its products and offerings GHF has issued various types and kinds of marketing material.

Applicability

These Terms & Conditions are applicable on all marketing and promotional material (Content) issued by GHF in any form and media, physical or digital or any other, anywhere.

Definition

Content means and includes any material, information, advisory, calculators, FAQs, data or graphs, money market movements, interactive media, marketing material, news items, texts, graphics, links etc., whether belonging to GHF or to its associates, partners and other group entities, which is available either directly or through marketing or Promotional Material of GHF

Consumer refers to the person (s) who is exposed to the Content through any media form or manner. In the document all reference to “You”, “Us”, “Me”, “We” and “I” shall be to Consumer.

Use of Information and Materials
  • The Content is provided on an “as is”, “as available” basis and are protected by copyright.
  • Consumer is advised to exercise due caution and / or seek independent advice before availing any facility or entering into any financial obligation based on the Content
  • Content is designed for informative purposes only; Consumer should also verify the details before making decision
  • Decision whether to offer any product or service to the Consumer shall be solely of the GHF
  • Final decision with respect to taking any product or service from GHF should be taken by Consumer only post going through Finance Documents
  • The Content should not be regarded as an offer, solicitation, invitation, advice or recommendation to buy or sell financial products / schemes of GHF, or any of its group entities
  • The full range of products or services may not be available in all locations.
  • Periodicity of any offer shall be decided by the GHF and any offer declared may be closed without further notice
  • All rates, charges and fees quoted / stated for various financial products and schemes and interest rates cited as examples of rates which may be in effect from time to time are indicative rates only and are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of GHF; Consumer is advised to refer the Website / branch for latest applicable rate and charges
  • Fees and rates may change depending upon the assessment made by GHF in individual cases upon receiving necessary information and documents
  • GHF shall be liable and responsible only for the Content which it has issued in its name and in event, the logo, branding name or any other determinative or identifier related to GHF is used by any other entity, with or without GHF permission, for any purpose including for offering any loan through any partnership or otherwise, the Consumer is advised to review the veracity of claim before making any decision. No liability and responsibility shall accrue to GHF.
  • Any Content which conflicts with any provision of law or regulation shall be considered to be null and void ab initio
  • Adjectives are to be understood in a broader term and not literally
  • Easy to understand language has been used for delivery of messages and difficult / industry parlance has been avoided. In case of doubt, please contact branch or contact centre
  • You are advised to verify any information / details regarding any project or site including RERA details from the official sources
Intellectual Property

The Content belongs to GHF and cannot be used by Consumer in any manner without prior express written permission of GHF. Hosting of Content on a public forum does not dilute the ownership of GHF.

No Representation or Warranty

No Content shall constitute any representation or warranty by GHF to the Consumer. This Content may contain advice/ opinions and statements of various professionals/ experts/ analysts, etc. Reliance on these statements shall be at the risk of the Consumer. It is the responsibility of the Consumer to independently verify and evaluate the accuracy, completeness, reliability and usefulness of any opinions, services or other information provided on the Content. GHF does not warrant that such information, is complete, free of any errors. GHF may at any time (without being obliged to do so) update, edit, alter and or remove any information in whole or in part that may be available in content and shall not be held responsible for all or any actions that may subsequently result in any loss, damage and or liability. Nothing contained in Content is to be construed as a recommendation to use any product or process, and GHF makes no representation or warranty, express or implied that, the use thereof will not infringe any patent, or otherwise. The user/client is expected to keep abreast of any changes made in this website and the information available on it on a regular basis

Indemnity & Limitation of Liability

As Content is for purely informative purpose and no liability accrues no claim of indemnity shall lie against GHF. GHF, its directors and employees accept no liability and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising directly or indirectly (including special, incidental or consequential, punitive, or exemplary loss, damage or expenses) from your use of content or inability to use by any party, howsoever arising, and including any loss, damage or expense arising from, but not limited to, any defect, error, omission, interruption, imperfection, fault, mistake or inaccuracy with this Content even if the Entities are advised of the possibility of such damages, losses or expenses.

Grievance

In the event you have any grievance towards the Content then you may write at contact@godrejhf.com for its resolution.

Governing Law

This Content shall be governed by and construed in accordance with all applicable laws of India, unless stated otherwise. All disputes arising out of or in connection with this Content shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Mumbai.

Amendments

GHF reserves the right to change the information provided on or via Content, at any time and without notice. GHF shall not be held responsible for all or any actions that may subsequently result in any loss, damage and or liability on account of such change in the information on this Content.

Certificate of Registration
KYC & AML Policy
BACKGROUND, OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE

Background

The Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (“PMLA”)and the Rules notified thereunder impose several obligations on Banks, Non-Banking Financial Companies, Housing Finance Companies (“HFCs”), Chit Fund Company and other defined intermediaries to inter alia verify identity of clients, maintain records and furnish requisite information to Financial Intelligence Unit- India (“FIU-IND”).

As per the circular dated 19th May, 2020 issued by the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”), the Master Direction- Know Your Customer (KYC) Direction, 2016 prescribed by the RBI (“RBI KYC Master Direction”) for various regulated entities has been made applicable to the Housing Finance Companies (“HFCs”) also and HFCs will now be classified as Regulated Entity (RE) under RBI KYC Master Direction

In accordance with the PMLA and the RBI KYC Master Direction, Godrej Housing Finance Limited (“GHF” or “the Company”), as a Housing Finance Company, has laid down a ‘Know Your Customer (“KYC”) and Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) Policy’ (“KYC and AML Policy”).

Policy Objective

Key objectives of the KYC and AML Policy are as under:

  • To establish regulatory compliant KYC mechanism to on-board customers;
  • To ensure compliance throughout the life-cycle of customers as per the laid down norms
  • To prevent the Company’s business channels/ products/ services from being used as a channel for Money Laundering (“ML”)/ Terrorist Financing (“TF’);
  • To establish a framework for adopting appropriate AML procedures and controls in the operations/ business processes of the Company;
  • To ensure compliance with the laws and regulations in force from time to time;
  • To protect the Company’s reputation;
  • To lay down KYC-AML compliance norms for the employees of the Company.

Approval and Review of the KYC and AML Policy

  • There shall be an annual review of the Policy by the Board of Directors
  • Board of Directors can at any time modify or amend, either the whole or any part of Policy

Effective Date

The KYC and AML Policy shall be effective from the date of commencement of business by the Company as a Housing Finance Company.

Applicability

All the employees of the Company, while dealing with its customers, will have to ensure adherence with the KYC and AML Policy.

DEFINITIONS

“Aadhaar number” means an identification number issued to an individual under subsection (3) of Section 3 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 (18 of 2016), and includes any alternative virtual identity generated under sub-section (4) of that section.

Aadhaar Actmeans Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies Benefits and Services) Act, 2016.

“Authentication”,in the context of Aadhaar authentication, means the process as defined under sub-section (c) of section 2 of the Aadhaar Act.

Beneficial Owner (BO)

  • Where the customer is a company, the beneficial owner is the natural person(s), who, whether acting alone or together, or through one or more juridical person, has/ have a controlling ownership interest (means ownership of/entitlement to more than 25 per cent of the shares or capital or profits of the company) or who exercise control (right to appoint majority of the directors or to control the management or policy decisions) through other means.
  • In case of a partnership firm, , the BO is the natural person(s), who, whether acting alone or together, or through one or more juridical person, has/ have ownership of/ entitlement to more than 15 per cent of capital or profits of the partnership.
  • In case of an unincorporated association or body of individuals, the BO is the natural person(s), who, whether acting alone or together, or through one or more juridical person, has/ have ownership of/ entitlement to more than 15 per cent of the property or capital or profits of the entity.

    Explanation: Term ‘body of individuals’ includes societies. Where no natural person is identified under (a), (b) or (c) above, the beneficial owner is the relevant natural person who holds the position of senior managing official.

  • In case of a trust, the identification of BO shall include identification of the author of the trust, the trustee, the beneficiaries with 15% or more interest in the trust and any other natural person exercising ultimate effective control over the trust through a chain of control or ownership.

Cash Transaction Report (CTR)- - CTR will include the following:

  • all cash transactions of the value of more than Rs.10 lakh or its equivalent in foreign currency;
  • all series of cash transactions integrally connected to each other which have been individually valued below Rs.10 lakh or its equivalent in foreign currency where such series of transactions have taken place within a month and the monthly aggregate exceeds Rs.10 lakh or its equivalent in foreign currency.

Certified Copy of Officially Valid Document (OVD) shall mean comparing the copy of OVD with the original and recording the same as per the extant law and guidelines / directions.

Central KYC Records Registry (CKYCR) means an entity defined under Rule 2(1)(aa) of Prevention of Money-Laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules, 2005, to receive, store, safeguard and retrieve the KYC records in digital form of a customer.

Counterfeit Currency Transaction Cash transactions where forged or counterfeit Indian currency notes have been used as genuine. These transactions should also include transactions where forgery of valuable security or documents has taken place.

Counterfeit Currency Note Report Quarterly Report on status of receipt of counterfeit note received by any HFC to NHB;

Customer means a person who is engaged in a financial transaction or activity with the Company and includes a person on whose behalf the person who is engaged in the transaction or activity, is acting.

Customer Due Diligence (CDD)means identifying and verifying the customer and the beneficial owner.

Designated Director means the Managing Director or a whole-time Director designated by the Board of Directors of the Company to ensure overall compliance with the obligations prescribed by the PMLA and the Rules.

Digital KYC means the capturing live photo of the customer and officially valid document or the proof of possession of Aadhaar, where offline verification cannot be carried out, along with the latitude and longitude of the location where such live photo is being taken by an authorized officer of the Company as per the provisions contained in the PMLA. The Company will adhere to the applicable requirements in this regard which may be prescribed by the Government/ the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”) from time to time.

Equivalent E-document means an electronic equivalent of a document, issued by the issuing authority of such document with its valid digital signature including documents issued to the digital locker account of the client as per rule 9 of the Information Technology (Preservation and Retention of Information by Intermediaries Providing Digital Locker Facilities) Rules, 2016.

Know Your Client (KYC) Identifiermeans the unique number or code assigned to a customer by the Central KYC Records Registry

“FATCA” means Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of the United States of America (USA) which, inter alia, requires foreign financial institutions to report about financial accounts held by U.S. taxpayers or foreign entities in which U.S. taxpayers hold a substantial ownership interest

Non-face-to-face customers-Customers who open accounts without visiting the branch/ offices of the Company or meeting its officials but will not include customers whose account has been opened as per Video Customer Identification Procedure.

Officially valid document (OVD)-Any document defined as OVD under rule 2(l)(d) of the Prevention of Money-Laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules, 2005 and the amendments thereto (“PML Rules”) or any document as may be specifically prescribed by the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”) as per the applicable regulations. Such OVD will be considered valid for verifying identity and proof of address of individual customer/ beneficial owner/ authorized signatory/ power of attorney holder.

Please refer to Annexure 1 for list of OVDs and other documents which are currently considered valid for verifying identity and proof of address of customers.

Offline Verification means the process of verifying the identity of the Aadhaar number holder without authentication, through such offline modes as may be specified by the Aadhaar regulations.

On-going Due Diligence- Regular monitoring of transactions in accounts to ensure that they are consistent with the customers’ profile and source of funds.

Periodic Updation means steps taken to ensure that documents, data or information collected under the CDD process is kept up-to-date and relevant by undertaking reviews of existing records at periodicity prescribed by the RBI or the PMLA and the Rules thereunder.

Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) are individuals who are or have been entrusted with prominent public functions in a foreign country, e.g., Heads of States/Governments, senior politicians, senior government/judicial/military officers, senior executives of stateowned corporations, important political party officials, etc.

Principal Officer (PO)- A senior official designated by the Board of Directors of the Company for overseeing and managing the KYC & AML policies and processes. The PO will be responsible for ensuring compliance, monitoring transactions, and sharing and reporting information as required under the law/regulations.

Suspicious transaction means a “transaction”, including an attempted transaction, whether or not made in cash, which, to a person acting in good faith:

  • gives rise to a reasonable ground of suspicion that it may involve the proceeds of crime, regardless of the value involved; or
  • appears to be made in circumstances of unusual or unjustified complexity; or
  • appears to have no economic rationale or bona fide purpose; or
  • gives rise to a reasonable ground of suspicion that it may involve financing of the activities relating to terrorism.
  • Explanation: Transaction involving financing of the activities relating to terrorism includes transaction involving funds suspected to be linked or related to, or to be used for terrorism, terrorist acts or by a terrorist, terrorist organization or those who finance or are attempting to finance terrorism.

Transaction means a purchase, sale, loan, pledge, gift, transfer, delivery or the arrangement thereof and includes:

  • opening of an account;
  • deposits, withdrawal, exchange or transfer of funds in whatever currency, whether in cash or by cheque, payment order or other instruments or by electronic or other nonphysical means;
  • the use of a safety deposit box or any other form of safe deposit;
  • entering into any fiduciary relationship;
  • any payment made or received in whole or in part of any contractual or other legal obligation;
  • establishing or creating a legal person or legal arrangement.

Video based Customer Identification Process (V-CIP) is an alternate method of customer identification with facial recognition and customer due diligence by an authorized official of the Company by undertaking seamless, secure, live, informed-consent based audio-visual interaction with the customer to obtain identification information required for CDD purpose, and to ascertain the veracity of the information furnished by the customer through independent verification and maintaining audit trail of the process. Such processes complying with prescribed standards and procedures shall be treated on par with face-toface Customer Identification Procedure.

POLICY STANDARDS

Compliance of KYC policy

  • Senior Management for the purpose of KYC Compliance shall mean Designated Director, Principal Officer and executive members of Transaction Screening Committee
  • Designated Director on recommendation of Principal Officer shall be responsible for setting up the policies which will be approved by the Board on recommendation of Transaction Screening Committee
  • Principal Officer with support of executive members of Transaction screening committee be responsible for overseeing the KYC operations of the Company
  • Field Sales, operations and credit team shall be responsible for ensuring that policy is followed
  • Internal Audit function will review the KYC operations as mentioned in paragraph 3.4.3 of the Policy
  • Quarterly audit notes and compliance shall be submitted to the Audit Committee
  • Decision-making functions of determining compliance with KYC norms shall not be outsourced

The KYC and AML Policy has the following 4 key elements:

  • Criteria for Customer Acceptance (CAP).
  • Risk Management from Money Laundering Risk perspective.
  • Customer Identification Procedures (CIP).
  • Procedures for monitoring of transactions, as applicable.

CUSTOMER ACCEPTANCE POLICY (CAP) AND CUSTOMER DUE DILIGENCE (CDD)

The Company will adhere to the following criteria for acceptance of customers:

  • The Company will not open any account(s) in anonymous, fictitious or 'benami' name(s).
  • No account will be opened where the Company is unable to apply required CDD measures, either due to non-cooperation of the customer or non-reliability of the documents/information furnished by the customer
  • No transaction or account-based relationship will be undertaken without following appropriate CDD procedure.
  • The mandatory information to be sought for KYC purpose while opening an account and during the periodic updation will be specified.
  • A Unique Customer Identification Code (UCIC) shall be allotted while entering into new relationships with individual customers
  • CDD procedure is being applied at the account level & thus, if an existing KYC compliant customer of GHF desires to open another account with GHF, there shall be no need for a fresh CDD exercise
  • Optional or additional information will be obtained with consent of the customer.
  • CDD Procedure will be followed for all joint account holders also.
  • A customer will be permitted to act on behalf of another person/ entity in accordance with the legal requirements.
  • Identity of the customer should not match with any person with known criminal background or with banned entities such as individual terrorists or terrorist organizations, etc. For this purpose, the Company will maintain lists of individuals or entities issued by RBI, United Nations Security Council, UAPA other regulatory & enforcement agencies etc. Details of accounts/ customers bearing resemblance with any of the individuals/ entities in such list shall be treated as suspicious and reported.
  • PAN number will be verified from the verification facility of the issuing authority
  • In order to avoid fictitious and fraudulent applications of the customers and to achieve a reasonable degree of satisfaction as to the identity of the customer, the Company will conduct appropriate due diligence. Beneficiary of the relationship/ account shall also be identified.
  • The nature and extent of basic due diligence measures to be conducted at the time of establishment of account opening/ relationship, will depend upon the risk category of the customers and involve collection and recording of information by using reliable independent documents, data or any other information. This may include identification and verification of the applicant and wherever relevant, ascertaining of occupational details, legal status, ownership and control structure and any additional information in line with the assessment of the risks posed by the applicant and the applicant’s expected use of the Company’s products and services from an AML perspective.
  • The Company may rely on third party verification subject to the conditions prescribed by the RBI or the PMLA and the Rules thereunder in this regard.
  • For non-face-to-face customers, appropriate due diligence measures (including certification requirements of documents, if any) will be devised for identification and verification of such customers.
  • The information collected from customers for the purpose of opening of account shall be treated as confidential and details thereof shall not be divulged for the purpose of cross selling, or for any other purpose without expressed consent of the customer
  • Appropriate Enhanced Due Diligence (“EDD”) measures shall be adopted for high risk customers from AML perspective, especially those for whom the sources of funds are not clear and customers who are Politically Exposed Persons (“PEPs”).
  • In respect of unusual or suspicious transactions/applications or when the customer moves from a low risk to a high-risk profile, appropriate EDD measures shall be adopted.
  • Where the Company is unable to apply appropriate KYC measures due to nonfurnishing of information and /or non-cooperation by the customer, the Company may consider closing the account or terminating the business relationship. However, the decision to close an existing account shall be taken at the Principal Officer’s level, after giving due notice to the customer explaining the reasons for such a decision.

The aspects mentioned in the CAP would be reckoned while evolving the KYC/AML procedures for various types of customers and products. However, while developing the KYC/CDD procedures, the Company will ensure that its procedures do not become too restrictive or pose significant difficulties in availing its services by deserving general public, especially the financially and socially disadvantaged sections of society.

RISK MANAGEMENT

The Company will ensure that it has an effective and appropriate KYC procedures. The overall KYC/ AML program will cover proper management oversight, systems and controls, segregation of duties, training and other related matters. Responsibilities will be explicitly allocated within the Company to ensure that the Company’s policies and procedures are implemented effectively.

Risk Categorization

The Company will categorize its customers into low, medium and high-risk category based on the assessment, profiling and perceived money laundering risk. The parameters such as customer’s identity, social/ financial status, nature of business activity, and information about the clients’ business etc. will be considered for the assessment.

Periodic Updation

The Company will conduct periodic updation of KYC documents at least once in every 2 years for high risk customers, once in every 8 years for medium risk customers and once in every 10 years for low risk customers in any of the following manner:

  • PAN verification from the verification facility available with the issuing authority.
  • Authentication, of Aadhaar Number already available with the Company with the explicit consent of the customer in applicable cases.
  • In case identification information available with Aadhaar does not contain current address an OVD containing current address may be obtained.
  • Certified copy of OVD containing identity and address shall be obtained at the time of periodic updation from individuals except those who are categorised as 'low risk'. In case of low risk customers when there is no change in status with respect to their identities and addresses, a self-certification to that effect shall be obtained.
  • In case of Legal entities, the Company should review the documents sought at the time of opening of account and obtain fresh certified copies.
  • The Company will not insist on the physical presence of the customer for the purpose of furnishing OVD or furnishing consent for Aadhaar authentication unless there are sufficient reasons that physical presence of the account holder/holders is required to establish their bona-fides. Normally, OVD/ Consent forwarded by the customer through mail/ post, etc., shall be acceptable.
  • The Company will provide acknowledgment with date of having performed KYC updation.
  • The time limits prescribed above would apply from the date of opening of the account/ last verification of KYC.

Internal Audit and Assurance

To provide reasonable assurance that its KYC and AML procedures are functioning effectively, audit of its KYC and AML processes will also be covered under the scope of Internal Audit of the Company. The audit findings and compliance thereof will be put up before the Audit Committee of the Board till closure of audit findings.

4 Money Laundering (“ML”) and Terrorist Financing (“TF”) Risk Assessment

It is understood that the ML and TF risks for the Company are likely to be low due to the following reasons:

  • The Company does not operate in other countries/ geographies;
  • The Company does not source/ originate loans from other countries/ geographies and its customer base consists of Indian nationals only;
  • The Company extends loans to identified borrowers for which rigorous KYC checks have been put in place
  • The company verifies the end-use of the loan
  • The Company does not offer banking, liabilities and insurance products; and
  • The Company offers loans/ credit facilities with defined end-use

However, in accordance with the regulatory requirements, the Company will carry out ML and TF Risk Assessment exercise periodically to identify, assess and take effective measures to mitigate money laundering and terrorist financing risk to which the Company may be exposed to. Such internal risk assessment should be commensurate to its size, geographical presence, complexity of activities/ structure, etc.

Such assessment process will consider various relevant risk factors and will take cognizance overall sector-specific vulnerabilities, if any, that the regulator/supervisor may share. Accordingly, it will frame its mitigation plan also. It should involve the relevant functions and have the following stages:

  • Identification- Development of list of potential risks or risk factors drawn from known/ suspected threats or vulnerabilities. For this purpose, various important aspects of the KYC Policy (non-compliance of which may pose threat to the Company) will be identified along with the risks which the Company may be exposed to due to the same.
  • Analysis- Implementation of key requirements under the KYC Policy should be analyzed. This stage should analyse the likelihood and the impact of each of the identified risks. It will help in assigning priority/ importance to each of the risks.
  • Evaluation- - It should involve taking the results found during the analysis process to determine priorities for addressing the risks. These priorities should contribute to development of a strategy for their mitigation. A typical Risk Evaluation matrix would be as under:

The Company shall conduct the ML and TF Risk Assessment at least once in a year. The outcome of the ML and TF Risk Assessment will be put up to the Audit Committee or to the Transaction Screening Committee.

CUSTOMER IDENTIFICATION

The Company shall undertake identification of customers in the following cases:

  • Commencement of an account-based relationship with a customer.
  • When there is a doubt about the authenticity or adequacy of the customer identification data it has obtained.
  • Selling third party products as agents, selling their own products or any other product for more than rupees fifty thousand.
  • Carrying out transactions for a non-account-based customer where the amount involved is equal to or exceeds Rs.50,000/-, whether conducted as a single transaction or several transactions that appear to be connected.
  • When it has reason to believe that a customer is intentionally structuring a transaction into a series of transactions below the threshold of Rs.50,000/-.

Reliance on customer due diligence done by third party

For the purpose of verifying the identity of customers at the time of commencement of an account-based relationship, the Company, may at their option, rely on customer due diligence done by a domestic third party, subject to the following conditions:

  • Records or the information of the customer due diligence carried out by the third party is obtained within two days from the third party or from the Central KYC Records Registry;
  • Copies of identification data and other relevant documentation relating to the customer due diligence requirements shall be made available from the third party upon request without delay;
  • The third party is regulated, supervised or monitored for, and has measures in place for, compliance with customer due diligence and record-keeping requirements in line with the requirements and obligations under the PMLA;
  • The third party shall not be based in a country or jurisdiction assessed as high risk and
  • The ultimate responsibility for customer due diligence and undertaking enhanced due diligence measures, as applicable, will be with the Company.

CUSTOMER DUE DILIGENCE (CDD) PROCEDURES

The Company will ensure compliance with the regulatory/ statutory requirements with respect to the Customer Identification Procedure to be carried out at different stages, i.e. while establishing a relationship; carrying out a financial transaction or when the Company has a doubt about the authenticity/veracity or the adequacy of the previously obtained customer identification data.

Customer identification means identifying the customer and verifying his/ her identity by using reliable, independent source documents, data or information. The Company will obtain sufficient information necessary to establish, the identity of each new customer, whether regular or occasional and the purpose of the intended nature of relationship.

CDD Procedure in case of Individuals

Documents/ Information to be collected

From an individual (who is prospective customer OR a Beneficial Owner/ Authorised Signatory/ Power of Attorney Holder related to any legal entity) the following documents/ information will be obtained:

  • Recent photograph;
  • Certified copy of Permanent Account Number (PAN) OR the equivalent e-document thereof;
  • Certified copy of one of the OVDs as defined above to be taken for verification of the identity and the address OR the equivalent e-document thereof; and
  • Other document including in respect of the nature of business and financial status of the client OR the equivalent e-document thereof, as may be required by the Company.

Note:

  • If PAN is not availed then Form No. 60 as defined in Income-tax Rules, 1962 may be taken;
  • Aadhaar Offline Verification- The Company, being a non-bank, may carry out offline verification of a customer if he is desirous of undergoing Aadhaar offline verification for identification purpose. However, where its customer submits his Aadhaar number, the Company will ensure such customer to redact or blackout his Aadhaar number through appropriate means where the authentication of Aadhaar number is not required under section 7 of the Aadhaar Act
  • Authentication using e-KYC authentication facility provided by the UIDAI- As and when the Company is authorized to conduct authorization through e-KYC authentication facility provided by the UIDAI, it may conduct such authorization and use the e-KYC facility in accordance with the conditions prescribed under the PMLA/ the Aadhaar Act/ the KYC & AML Guidelines.
  • If the customer provides an equivalent e-document of any OVD, the Company should verify the digital signature as per the provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000) and any rules issues thereunder and take a live photo as specified under Digital KYC Process defined below (at sub-para 3.5.1.3).

    The Company may also carry-out KYC verification under Digital KYC Process defined below (at sub-para 3.5.1.3).

Video based Customer Identification Process (“V-CIP”)

The Company may undertake live V-CIP, to be carried out by an official of the Company, for establishment of an account-based relationship with an individual customer, after obtaining his informed consent. The Company, if implements V-CIP, will adhere to the extant applicablerequirements:

Digital KYC Process

In case Digital KYC Process is adopted by the Company, it will ensure compliance with the following requirements:

  • It will use an Application to be made available at customer touch points for undertaking KYC of their customers and the KYC process shall be undertaken only through this authenticated Application of the Company.
  • The access of such Application should be controlled by the authorized persons of the Company. The Application shall be accessed only through login-id and password or Live OTP or Time OTP controlled mechanism defined by the Company.
  • The customer, for the purpose of KYC, shall visit the location of the Authorized Official of the Company (“Authorized Official”) vice-versa. The original OVD should be in possession of the customer.
  • It should be ensured that the Live photograph of the customer is taken by the Authorized Official and the same photograph is embedded in the Customer Application Form (CAF). Further, a water-mark in readable form having CAF number, GPS coordinates, Authorized Official’s name, unique employee Code (assigned by REs) and Date (DD:MM:YYYY) and time stamp (HH:MM:SS) should be put on the captured live photograph of the customer.
  • The Application should have the feature that only live photograph of the customer is captured and no printed or video-graphed photograph of the customer is captured. The background behind the customer while capturing live photograph should be of white colour and no other person shall come into the frame while capturing the live photograph of the customer.
  • The live photograph of the original OVD or proof of possession of Aadhaar (where offline verification cannot be carried out), placed horizontally, shall be captured vertically from above and water-marking in readable form as mentioned above shall be done. No skew or tilt in the mobile device should be there while capturing the live photograph of the original documents.
  • The live photograph of the customer and his original documents shall be captured in proper light so that they are clearly.
  • Thereafter, all the entries in the CAF should be filled as per the documents and information furnished by the customer. In those documents where Quick Response (QR) code is available, such details can be auto-populated by scanning the QR code instead of manual filing the details. For example, in case of physical Aadhaar/eAadhaar downloaded from UIDAI where QR code is available, the details like name, gender, date of birth and address can be auto-populated by scanning the QR available on Aadhaar/e-Aadhaar.
  • Once the above-mentioned process is completed, a One Time Password (OTP) message containing the text that ‘Please verify the details filled in form before sharing OTP’ shall be sent to customer’s own mobile number. Upon successful validation of the OTP, it will be treated as customer signature on CAF. However, if the customer does not have his/her own mobile number, then mobile number of his/her family/relatives/known persons may be used for this purpose and be clearly mentioned in CAF. In any case, the mobile number of the Authorized Official should not be used for customer signature. The Company will check that the mobile number used in customer signature shall not be the mobile number of the Authorized Official.
  • The Authorized Official should provide a declaration about the capturing of the live photograph of customer and the original document. For this purpose, the authorized official shall be verified with One Time Password (OTP) which will be sent to his official mobile number. Upon successful OTP validation, it shall be treated as the Authorized Official’s signature on the declaration. The live photograph of the Authorized Official shall also be captured in this authorized officer’s declaration.
  • Subsequent to all these activities, the Application should give information about the completion of the process and submission of activation request to activation officer of the Company, and also generate the transaction-id/reference-id number of the process. The Authorized Official shall intimate the details regarding transaction-id/referenceid number to customer for future reference.
  • The Authorized Official should check and verify that: (i) information available in the picture of document is matching with the information entered by the Authorized Official in CAF. (ii) live photograph of the customer matches with the photo available in the document.; and (iii) all of the necessary details in CAF including mandatory field are filled properly.
  • On Successful verification, the CAF shall be digitally signed by the Authorized Official who will take a print of CAF, get signatures/thumb-impression of customer at appropriate place, then scan and upload the same in system. Original hard copy may be returned to the customer.

Simplified procedure for opening accounts of Individuals

In case a person who desires to open an account is not able to produce any of the OVDs, the Company may at its discretion open accounts subject to the following conditions:

  • The Company shall obtain a self-attested photograph from the customer
  • The authorized officer of the Company should certify under his signature that the person opening the account has affixed his signature or thumb impression in his presence.
  • The account shall remain operational initially for a period of 12 months, within which CDD as prescribed above should be carried out.
  • Balances in all their accounts taken together shall not exceed Rs.50,000/- at any point of time.
  • The total credit in all the accounts taken together shall not exceed Rs.1,00,000/- in a year.
  • The customer shall be made aware that no further transactions will be permitted until the full KYC procedure is completed in case Directions (d) and (e) above are breached by him.
  • When the balance reaches Rs.40,000/- or the total credit in a year reaches Rs.80,000/- , The customer shall be notified that appropriate documents for conducting the KYC must be submitted otherwise the operations in the account shall be stopped when the total balance in all the accounts taken together exceeds the limits prescribed in direction (d) and (e) above.

5 On-boarding the Borrowers through Central KYC Registry

Company shall endeavor to provide option to the applicants to be on-boarded through verifying their antecedents through Central KYC Registry

CDD Measures for Legal Entities

For due diligence with respect to legal entities, the Company will obtain the documents as listed in the Annexure 1.

Identification of Beneficial Owner

For opening an account of an entity who is not a natural person, the beneficial owner(s) (as defined above) shall be identified and all reasonable steps to verify his/her identity shall be undertaken. While doing so, the Company will keep the following in view:

  • Where the customer or the owner of the controlling interest is a company listed on a stock exchange, or is a subsidiary of such a company, it is not necessary to identify and verify the identity of any shareholder or beneficial owner of such companies.
  • In cases of trust/ nominee or fiduciary accounts, where it is determined that the customer is acting on behalf of another person as trustee/ nominee or so, identity of the intermediaries and of the persons on whose behalf he is acting, as also details of the nature of the trust or other arrangements in place will be obtained.

ENHANCED DUE DILIGENCE (EDD) PROCEDURES

Accounts of non-face-to-face customers: The Company will ensure the first payment is done through any of the KYC Compliant account through banking channels

Accounts of Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs): If the Company decides to establish a business relationship with PEPs, it will ensure the following:

  • sufficient information including information about the sources of funds of PEPs is gathered;
  • the identity of the person shall have been verified before accepting the PEP as a customer
  • the decision to open an account for a PEP is taken at a senior level in accordance with the Company’s procedures;
  • all such accounts will be classified as High Risk and will be subjected to required due diligence and monitoring, as applicable;
  • if it gets confirmed to the Company that an existing customer or the beneficial owner of an existing account has subsequently become a PEP, an approval from a senior official of the Company will be obtained to continue the business relationship;
  • further, such existing accounts which get classified PEPs subsequently will be subjected to enhanced due diligence, as applicable.

The above will also be applicable to accounts where a PEP is the beneficial owner.

MONITORING OF TRANSACTIONS/ ON-GOING DUE DILIGENCE

Ongoing monitoring is an essential element of effective KYC procedures. The Company can effectively control and reduce its risk only if it has an understanding of the normal and reasonable activity of the customer so that it can identify transactions that fall outside the regular pattern. The Company will put in place a process to identify and review complex and unusual transactions/ patterns which have no apparent economic or visible lawful purpose, or transactions that involve large amounts of cash or are inconsistent with the normal and expected activity of the customer.

APPOINTMENT OF THE DESIGNATED DIRECTOR AND THE PRINCIPAL OFFICER

  • Designated Director- The Company will nominate a “Designated Director” to ensure compliance with the obligations prescribed by the PMLA and the Rules thereunder.
  • Principal Officer- The Company will designate one of its senior officials as the ‘Principal Officer' who will be responsible for ensuring compliance, monitoring transactions, and sharing and reporting information as required under the law/ regulations.

The name, designation and address of Designated Director and Principal Officer shall be communicated to FIU-Ind.

REPORTING THE FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE UNIT-INDIA (FIU-IND)

In accordance with the requirements under the PMLA, the Company will furnish the following reports, as and when required, to the Director, Financial Intelligence Unit-India (FIU-IND):

  • Cash Transaction Report (CTR)- If any such transactions detected, Cash Transaction Report (CTR) for each month by 15th of the succeeding month.
  • Counterfeit Currency Report (CCR)-- All such cash transactions where forged or counterfeit Indian currency notes have been used as genuine as Counterfeit Currency Report (CCR) for each month by 15th of the succeeding month.

    Additionally, the Company will submit ‘Statement showing the details of Counterfeit Banknotes detected’ to the NHB within 7 days from the last day of the respective quarter. Even in case of ‘Nil’ instance also, the statement is to be submitted to the NHB

  • Suspicious Transactions Reporting (STR)- The Company will monitor transactions to identify potentially suspicious activity. Such triggers will be investigated, and any suspicious activity will be reported to FIU-IND. The Company will file the Suspicious Transaction Report (STR) to FIU-IND within 7 days of arriving at a conclusion that any transaction, whether cash or non-cash, or a series of transactions integrally connected are of suspicious nature. However, in accordance with the regulatory requirements, the Company will not put any restriction on operations in the accounts where an STR has been filed.

The Company will maintain confidentiality in investigating suspicious activities and while reporting CTR/ CCR/ STR to the FIU-IND/ higher authorities. However, the Company may share the information pertaining to the customers with the statutory/ regulatory bodies and other organizations such as banks, credit bureaus, income tax authorities, local govt. authorities etc.

RECORD MANAGEMENT

  • Record-keeping requirements- - The Company shall ensure maintenance of proper record of transactions required under PMLA as mentioned below:
    • maintain all necessary records of transactions between the RE and the customer, both domestic and international, for at least five years from the date of transaction;
    • preserve the records pertaining to the identification of the customers and their addresses obtained while opening the account and during the course of business relationship, for at least five years after the business relationship is ended;
    • make available the identification records and transaction data to the competent authorities upon request;
    • introduce a system of maintaining proper record of transactions prescribed under Rule 3 of Prevention of Money Laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules, 2005 (PML Rules, 2005);
    • all cash transactions of the value of more than Rs.10 lakh or its equivalent in foreign currency;
    • all series of cash transactions integrally connected to each other which have been individually valued below Rs.10 lakh or its equivalent in foreign currency where such series of transactions have taken place within a month and the monthly aggregate exceeds Rs.10 lakh or its equivalent in foreign currency;
    • all cash transactions where forged or counterfeit currency notes or bank notes have been used as genuine and where any forgery of a valuable security or a document has taken place facilitating the transactions;
    • all suspicious transactions whether or not made in cash; and
    • records pertaining to identification of the customer and his/her address; and
    • should allow data to be retrieved easily and quickly whenever required or when requested by the competent authorities.
  • The records should contain the following information:
    • the nature of the transactions;
    • the amount of the transaction and the currency in which it was denominated;
    • the date on which the transaction was conducted; and
    • the parties to the transaction.
  • Maintenance and Preservation of records- The Company will:
    • maintain all necessary records of transactions between it and the customer, both domestic and international, for at least five years from the date of transaction.
    • preserve the records pertaining to the identification of the customers and their addresses obtained while opening the account and during the course of business relationship, for at least five years after the business relationship is ended.
    • maintain and preserve the following records for the required time-period as prescribed under the PMLA, either in hard or soft format:
      • all necessary records of transactions referred above; which will permit reconstruction of individual transactions so as to provide, if necessary, evidence for prosecution of persons involved in criminal activity;
      • records pertaining to the identification of the customer and his address obtained while opening the account and during the course of business relationship
    • make available the identification records and transaction data to the competent authorities upon request.
    • introduce a system of maintaining proper record of transactions prescribed under Rule 3 of Prevention of Money Laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules, 2005 (PML Rules, 2005).

SELLING THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS

The Company, if acting as agents while selling third party products as per regulations in force from time to time, will comply with the following aspects:

  • The identity and address of the walk-in customer shall be verified for the transactions as required under the CIP prescribed above;
  • Transaction details of sale of third-party products and related records shall be maintained.
  • Monitoring of transactions for any suspicious activity will be done.

QUOTING OF PAN

Permanent account number (PAN) of customers shall be obtained and verified while undertaking transactions as per the provisions of Income Tax Rule 114B as amended from time to time. Form 60 shall be obtained from persons who do not have PAN

CUSTOMER EDUCATION

Seeking of certain KYC information from customers can sometimes lead to queries from the customer as to the motive and purpose of collecting such information. In this regard, the Company will take appropriate steps to educate customers on the objectives of the KYC measures.

HIRING OF EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYEE TRAINING

  • Adequate screening mechanism as an integral part of their personnel recruitment/hiring process shall be put in place.
  • On-going employee training programme shall be put in place so that the members of staff are adequately trained in the KYC Policy. The focus of the training will be different for frontline staff, compliance staff and staff dealing with new customers.

ADHERENCE TO THE KYC AND AML GUIDELINES BY THE COMPANY’S AGENTS

  • The Company’s agents or persons authorized by it, for the its business, will be required to be compliant with the applicable KYC & AML Guidelines.
  • All requisite information shall be made available to the RBI/ National Housing Bank to verify the compliance with the applicable KYC & AML Guidelines.
  • The books of accounts of persons authorized by the Company including agents etc., so far as they relate to business of the company, shall be made available for audit and inspection whenever required.

SHARING KYC INFORMATION WITH CENTRAL KYC RECORDS REGISTRY (CKYCR)

The Company will capture the KYC information/ details as the KYC templates and share the same with the CKYCR in the manner as prescribed in the Prevention of Money Laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules, 2005.

REPORTING REQUIREMENT UNDER FOREIGN ACCOUNT TAX COMPLIANCE ACT (FATCA) AND COMMON REPORTING STANDARDS (CRS)

The Company, if applicable, will adhere to the provisions of Income Tax Rules 114F, 114G and 114H. If the Company becomes a Reporting Financial Institution as defined in Income Tax Rule 114F, it will take requisite steps for complying with the reporting requirements in this regard.

Compliance with Section 51A of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967

The company will ensure compliance with Section 51A of UAPA Act, 1987 by screening the prospective and existing account holders for UN Sanction List or any other list as per UAPA Act, 1987. In event, any account holder resembles the name of as per the list it will be reported to FIU-IND and Ministry of Home Affairs. Further, other requirement including freezing of assets shall be followed by company.

Secrecy Obligations and Sharing of Information

Company shall maintain confidentiality of information as provided in Section 45NB of RBI Act 1934.

Annexure 1

List of Documents considered valid for verifying identity and proof of address of prospective customers

S. N. Type of customer Documents
1) Individual- Resident Indian (as a Customer/ Beneficial Owner/ Authorized Signatory/ Power of Attorney holder for another individual/ entity)
  • Recent photograph;
  • Certified copy of Permanent Account Number (PAN) OR the equivalent e-document thereof;
  • Certified copy of one of the OVDs to be taken for verification of the identity and the address OR the equivalent e-document thereof; and
  • Other document including in respect of the nature of business and financial status of the client OR the equivalent e-document thereof, as may be required by the Company.

OVD shall mean the following:

  • Proof of possession of Aadhaar number, in such form as issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • Voter's Identity Card issued by the Election Commission of India
  • Job Card issued by NREGA duly signed by an officer of the State Government
  • Letter issued by the National Population Register containing details of name and address.

“Provided that in case the OVD furnished by the customer does not contain updated address, the following documents shall be deemed to be OVDs for the limited purpose of proof of address:

  • utility bill which is not more than two months old of any service provider (electricity, telephone, post-paid mobile phone, piped gas, water bill);
  • property or Municipal tax receipt;
  • pension or family pension payment orders (PPOs) issued to retired employees by Government Departments or Public Sector Undertakings, if they contain the address;
  • letter of allotment of accommodation from employer issued by State Government or Central Government Departments, statutory or regulatory bodies, public sector undertakings, scheduled commercial banks, financial institutions and listed companies and leave & license agreements with such employers allotting official accommodation.

Provided, the customer shall submit OVD with current address within a period of three months of submitting the alternate documents specified above.

Explanation: For the purpose of this clause, a document shall be deemed to be an OVD even if there is a change in the name subsequent to its issuance provided it is supported by a marriage certificate issued by the State Government or Gazette notification, indicating such a change of name.

2) Individual- NonResident Indian (NRI)/ Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)
  • Recent photograph;
  • Certified copy of Permanent Account Number (PAN) OR the equivalent e-document thereof;
  • In case of Indian Passport Holder- Certified copy of Valid Indian Passport along with copy of valid Employment/ Residence/ Student/ Dependent visa copy or work/ Residence Permit copy;
  • In case of Foreign Password holder Certified copy of valid Foreign Passport along with OCI (Overseas Citizen if India) card / PIO (Person of Indian Origin) card;
  • Certified copy of one of the OVDs to be taken for verification of the address OR the equivalent e-document thereof, if additionally required;
  • Valid KYC for the Power of Attorney holder as detailed in the previous para; and
  • Other document including in respect of the nature of business and financial status of the client OR the equivalent e-document thereof, as may be required by the Company.

Further, the original certified copy of OVD, certified by any one of the following, may be obtained:

  • Authorized officials of overseas branches of Scheduled Commercial Banks registered in India;
  • Branches of overseas banks with whom the Company may have relationships;
  • Notary Public abroad;
  • Court Magistrate;
  • Judge;
  • Indian Embassy/ Consulate General in the country where the non-resident customer resides.
3) Sole Proprietary firms

In addition to OVD, PAN and photograph for the proprietor as an individual, any two of the following documents OR the equivalent edocument thereof, as a proof of business/ activity in the name of the proprietary firm shall also be obtained:

  • Registration certificate;
  • Certificate/ License issued by the municipal authorities under Shop and Establishment Act;
  • Sales and income tax returns;
  • CST/VAT certificate;
  • Certificate/registration document issued by Sales Tax/Service Tax/Professional Tax authorities;
  • License/certificate of practice issued in the name of the proprietary concern by any professional body incorporated under a statute;
  • Complete Income Tax Return (not just the acknowledgement) in the name of the sole proprietor where the firm's income is reflected, duly authenticated/ acknowledged by the Income Tax authorities;
  • Utility bills such as electricity, water, landline telephone bills etc.

Note:

In cases where the Company is satisfied that it is not possible to furnish two such documents as mentioned above, it may accept only one of those documents as proof of business/ activity, subject to contact point verification and collection of such other information and clarification as would be required to establish the existence of such firm. Further, it should be satisfied that the business activity has been verified from the address of the proprietary concern.

4) Company

In addition to OVD, PAN and photograph of the director/ manager/ employee (as an individual) holding authority to transact on the applicant company’s behalf; certified copies of the following documents OR the equivalent e-document thereof:

  • Certificate of incorporation;
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association;
  • Permanent Account Number of the Company; and
  • A resolution from the Board of Directors and power of attorney granted to its managers, officers or employees to transact on its behalf.
5) Partnership Firm

In addition to OVD, PAN and photograph of the partner/ manager/ employee (as an individual) holding authority to transact on the applicant firm’s behalf; certified copies of the following documents OR the equivalent e-document thereof:

  • Document evidencing authority of the person to act on behalf of the entity;
  • Registration Certificate, if registered;
  • Partnership Deed; and
  • Permanent Account Number of the partnership firm.
6) Trust

In addition to OVD, PAN and photograph of the trustee/ beneficiary/ person (as an individual) holding an attorney to transact on the trust’s behalf; certified copies of the following documents OR the equivalent e-document thereof:

  • Document evidencing authority of the person to act on behalf of the Trust;
  • Registration Certificate, if registered;
  • Trust Deed; and
  • Permanent Account Number or Form No.60 of the trust.
7) Unincorporated Association or a Body of Individuals

In addition to OVD, PAN and photograph of the person (as an individual) holding an attorney to transact on the entity’s behalf; certified copies of the following documents OR the equivalent edocument thereof:

  • Resolution of the managing body of such association or body of individuals;
  • Power of attorney granted to him to transact on its behalf
  • Permanent Account Number or Form No. 60 of the unincorporated association or a body of individuals; and
  • Such information as may be required by the Company to collectively establish the legal existence of such an association or body of individuals.
8) Other entities not specifically covered above, such as societies, universities and local bodies like village panchayats

In addition to OVD, PAN and photograph of the person (as an individual) holding an attorney to transact on the entity’s behalf; certified copies of the following documents OR the equivalent edocument thereof:

  • Document evidencing authority of the person to act on behalf of the entity; and
  • Such documents as may be required by the Company to establish the legal existence of such an entity/ juridical person.
Identity and Address proof Documents

List of Documents considered valid for verifying identity and proof of address of prospective customers

S. N. Type of customer Documents
1) Individual- Resident Indian (as a Customer/ Beneficial Owner/ Authorized Signatory/ Power of Attorney holder for another individual/ entity)
  • Recent photograph;
  • Certified copy of Permanent Account Number (PAN) OR the equivalent e-document thereof;
  • Certified copy of one of the OVDs to be taken for verification of the identity and the address OR the equivalent e-document thereof; and
  • Other document including in respect of the nature of business and financial status of the client OR the equivalent e-document thereof, as may be required by the Company.

OVD shall mean the following:

  • Proof of possession of Aadhaar number, in such form as issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • Voter's Identity Card issued by the Election Commission of India
  • Job Card issued by NREGA duly signed by an officer of the State Government
  • Letter issued by the National Population Register containing details of name and address.

“Provided that in case the OVD furnished by the customer does not contain updated address, the following documents shall be deemed to be OVDs for the limited purpose of proof of address:

  • utility bill which is not more than two months old of any service provider (electricity, telephone, post-paid mobile phone, piped gas, water bill);
  • property or Municipal tax receipt;
  • pension or family pension payment orders (PPOs) issued to retired employees by Government Departments or Public Sector Undertakings, if they contain the address;
  • letter of allotment of accommodation from employer issued by State Government or Central Government Departments, statutory or regulatory bodies, public sector undertakings, scheduled commercial banks, financial institutions and listed companies and leave & license agreements with such employers allotting official accommodation.

Provided, the customer shall submit OVD with current address within a period of three months of submitting the alternate documents specified above.

Explanation: For the purpose of this clause, a document shall be deemed to be an OVD even if there is a change in the name subsequent to its issuance provided it is supported by a marriage certificate issued by the State Government or Gazette notification, indicating such a change of name.

2) Individual- NonResident Indian (NRI)/ Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)
  • Recent photograph;
  • Certified copy of Permanent Account Number (PAN) OR the equivalent e-document thereof;
  • In case of Indian Passport Holder- Certified copy of Valid Indian Passport along with copy of valid Employment/ Residence/ Student/ Dependent visa copy or work/ Residence Permit copy;
  • In case of Foreign Password holder Certified copy of valid Foreign Passport along with OCI (Overseas Citizen if India) card / PIO (Person of Indian Origin) card;
  • Certified copy of one of the OVDs to be taken for verification of the address OR the equivalent e-document thereof, if additionally required;
  • Valid KYC for the Power of Attorney holder as detailed in the previous para; and
  • Other document including in respect of the nature of business and financial status of the client OR the equivalent e-document thereof, as may be required by the Company.

Further, the original certified copy of OVD, certified by any one of the following, may be obtained:

  • Authorized officials of overseas branches of Scheduled Commercial Banks registered in India;
  • Branches of overseas banks with whom the Company may have relationships;
  • Notary Public abroad;
  • Court Magistrate;
  • Judge;
  • Indian Embassy/ Consulate General in the country where the non-resident customer resides.
3) Sole Proprietary firms

In addition to OVD, PAN and photograph for the proprietor as an individual, any two of the following documents OR the equivalent edocument thereof, as a proof of business/ activity in the name of the proprietary firm shall also be obtained:

  • Registration certificate;
  • Certificate/ License issued by the municipal authorities under Shop and Establishment Act;
  • Sales and income tax returns;
  • CST/VAT certificate;
  • Certificate/registration document issued by Sales Tax/Service Tax/Professional Tax authorities;
  • License/certificate of practice issued in the name of the proprietary concern by any professional body incorporated under a statute;
  • Complete Income Tax Return (not just the acknowledgement) in the name of the sole proprietor where the firm's income is reflected, duly authenticated/ acknowledged by the Income Tax authorities;
  • Utility bills such as electricity, water, landline telephone bills etc.

Note:

In cases where the Company is satisfied that it is not possible to furnish two such documents as mentioned above, it may accept only one of those documents as proof of business/ activity, subject to contact point verification and collection of such other information and clarification as would be required to establish the existence of such firm. Further, it should be satisfied that the business activity has been verified from the address of the proprietary concern.

4) Company

In addition to OVD, PAN and photograph of the director/ manager/ employee (as an individual) holding authority to transact on the applicant company’s behalf; certified copies of the following documents OR the equivalent e-document thereof:

  • Certificate of incorporation;
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association;
  • Permanent Account Number of the Company; and
  • A resolution from the Board of Directors and power of attorney granted to its managers, officers or employees to transact on its behalf.
5) Partnership Firm

In addition to OVD, PAN and photograph of the partner/ manager/ employee (as an individual) holding authority to transact on the applicant firm’s behalf; certified copies of the following documents OR the equivalent e-document thereof:

  • Document evidencing authority of the person to act on behalf of the entity;
  • Registration Certificate, if registered;
  • Partnership Deed; and
  • Permanent Account Number of the partnership firm.
6) Trust

In addition to OVD, PAN and photograph of the trustee/ beneficiary/ person (as an individual) holding an attorney to transact on the trust’s behalf; certified copies of the following documents OR the equivalent e-document thereof:

  • Document evidencing authority of the person to act on behalf of the Trust;
  • Registration Certificate, if registered;
  • Trust Deed; and
  • Permanent Account Number or Form No.60 of the trust.
7) Unincorporated Association or a Body of Individuals

In addition to OVD, PAN and photograph of the person (as an individual) holding an attorney to transact on the entity’s behalf; certified copies of the following documents OR the equivalent edocument thereof:

  • Resolution of the managing body of such association or body of individuals;
  • Power of attorney granted to him to transact on its behalf
  • Permanent Account Number or Form No. 60 of the unincorporated association or a body of individuals; and
  • Such information as may be required by the Company to collectively establish the legal existence of such an association or body of individuals.
8) Other entities not specifically covered above, such as societies, universities and local bodies like village panchayats

In addition to OVD, PAN and photograph of the person (as an individual) holding an attorney to transact on the entity’s behalf; certified copies of the following documents OR the equivalent edocument thereof:

  • Document evidencing authority of the person to act on behalf of the entity; and
  • Such documents as may be required by the Company to establish the legal existence of such an entity/ juridical person.
Nil Levy of Penalty

It is hereby declared that there has never been any levy of any penalty on Godrej Housing Finance by National Housing Bank or any by any other regulatory of statutory body.

Corporate Governance Policy
BACKGROUND, OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE

Background

At Godrej Housing Finance Limited (“GHFL” or “the Company”), is a part of the Godrej Group which has an established reputation of honesty, integrity and sound governance over the years. The Company is, therefore, committed to maintaining the highest standards of Corporate Governance in its conduct towards shareholders, employees, regulators, customers, suppliers, lenders and other stakeholders. The Company’s philosophy of corporate governance is to achieve business excellence by enhancing the long-term welfare and value for its various stakeholders. The Company believes that corporate governance is about creating organisations that succeed in the marketplace with the right approach and values.

The Reserve Bank of India vide Paragraph 55 of Annexure IX of Master Direction – NonBanking Financial Company – Housing Finance Company (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2021 dated 17th February 2021 (Directions) has prescribed that Housing Finance Companies (‘HFCs’) should frame their Internal Guidelines on Corporate Governance with the approval of the Board of Directors and host it on website.

Accordingly, the Company has framed its Internal Guidelines on Corporate Governance (“Guidelines”) with the approval of its Board of Directors

Objective

The objective of the Guidelines is to adopt the best standards of Corporate Governance through transparency in business ethics, accountability & required disclosure to its customers, the government/ regulatory authorities and other stakeholders.

Approval and Review of the Policy

  • There shall be an annual review of the Policy by the Board of Directors
  • Board of Directors can at any time modify or amend, either the whole or any part of Policy
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors of the Company (“Board”) is the apex body constituted by the Shareholders for overseeing the Company’s overall functioning. The Board provides and evaluates the Company’s strategic directions, management policies and their effectiveness and ensures that Shareholders’ long-term interests are being served.

The Board along with the Committees constituted by it shall provide leadership and guidance for management of the Company.

It will be ensured that each of the Directors of the Company is eligible for appointment on the Board as per the Companies Act, 2013 (“Act”) and meets the Fit & Proper criteria prescribed by the Fit & Proper policy in line with the CG Directions.

The Company recognizes the importance of having a Board comprising of Directors who have a range of experiences, capabilities and diverse points of view. The Board of Directors of the Company are expected to have experience, expertise, capabilities as under:

  • Experience in Strategy & Business
  • Industry Expertise
  • Market Expertise
  • Technology Perspective
  • People & Talent Understanding
  • Expertise in Governance, Finance & Risk
  • Diversity of Perspective

The Board’s major responsibilities will be as under:

The Directors shall act in accordance with the duties as provided under the Act and prescribed regulations by NHB / RBI. The Independent Directors shall abide by the Code for Independent Directors under the Act. Further, the Board shall periodically review Compliance Reports of all laws applicable to the Company prepared by the Company as well as steps taken by the Company to rectify instances of non-compliance.

The Board’s strength shall be as per the constitutional documents of the Company. The Composition of the Board will be as per the applicable provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 & rules(“Act”) thereunder and the regulatory requirements prescribed by the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”)/ NHB.

Fit and Proper Policy- The Company will have a Fit and Proper Policy, in accordance with the regulatory requirements, for ascertaining the fit and proper criteria of the Directors at the time of appointment, and on a continuing basis.

Declaration and Undertaking from the Directors-- The Company obtain a declaration and undertaking from all its directors giving information as per the Act and the regulatory requirements prescribed by the RBI/ NHB.

Deed of Covenant- The Company will get the Deed of Covenant signed with each of its Directors, as per the format prescribed by the RBI/ NHB.

Meetings of the Board of Directors- The Board meetings shall be held at least 4 times in a year, such that not more than 120 days shall intervene between 2 consecutive meetings. However, in case of any business requirements the Board meeting can be held at any time within the prescribed guidelines.

Information to be provided to the Board:

  • Strategy, Annual operating plans and budgets, capital budgets, any updates thereon and periodic reviews of performance of the Company.
  • Quarterly results of the Company.
  • Constitution of, delegation of authority to and terms of reference of various committees constituted by the Board
  • Minutes of meetings of various committees of the Board of Directors.
  • Review of Policies and control systems.
  • Amendments/ updates in the applicable regulations.
  • Modifications in the Memorandum & Articles of Association, Delegation of Authority etc.
  • Non-compliance of any regulatory/ statutory requirements, regulatory/ statutory show cause notice/ penalty etc.
  • Transactions that involve substantial payment towards goodwill, brand equity or intellectual property.
  • Sale of material nature of investments, subsidiaries, assets, which is not in the normal course of business.
  • Information on recruitment and remuneration of senior officers just below the Board level.
  • All information which is reasonably required by the Board/ Director to carry out their functions and duties and to take informed decisions in respect of matters brought before the Board for its consideration or entrusted to the Director by the Board or any committee thereof.

Quarterly Statement to the RBI/ NHB- The Company shall furnish a quarterly statement on change of directors, and a certificate from the Managing Director to the RBI/ NHB confirming that fit and proper criteria in selection of the directors has been followed. The statement submitted by the Company for the quarter ending March 31, shall be certified by its Statutory Auditors also.

Chief Risk Officer - Regulation 51 if the Master Directions state that a company is required to appoint a Chief Risk Officer and when it crosses Rs. 5000 crore of asset size.

REGULATORY COMMUNICATIONS

All regulatory communications, including the letters / advisories received, shall be informed to the Board.

COMMITTEES CONSTITUTED BY THE BOARD

Brief details of various committees to be constituted by the Board are as follows:

Name Type Frequency Constitution Broad Role
Audit Committee of Board Board Quarterly 2 Non-Executive Independent Directors & 1 Non – Executive Director
  • Required as per Companies Act, 2013
  • Responsible for reviewing and recommending financials of the company, review internal controls, operational risks and matters related to appointment of auditors and review Information Security Audit
Nomination & Remuneration Committee Board Quarterly 2 Independent Directors & 1 Non – Executive Director /td>
  • Required as per Companies Act, 2013
  • Identify and recommend persons qualified to become Director and Senior Management and other matters incidental thereto
Risk Management Committee Board Quarterly 1 Non-Executive Directors, 1 Independent Director & Managing Director & CEO
  • Required as per Master Directions for Housing Finance Companies
  • Supervise overall risk framework of the company including credit risk, liquidity risk, market risk, legal risk etc,
Wil-ful Defaulter Review Committee Board Need Based 2 Independent Directors & Managing Director & CEO
  • Required as per Master Directions for Housing Finance Companies
  • Review the recommendation of Identification committee on classification of an account as wilf-ful defaulter and other incidental matter
IT Strategy Committee Board & Executive Half-Yearly 1 Independent Directors, Managing Director & CEO and CTO
  • Required as per Master Directions for Housing Finance Companies
  • To review and amend the IT strategies in line with the corporate strategies, Board Policy reviews, cyber security arrangements and any other matter related to IT Governance.
Executive Committee Board & Executive Need Based 1 Non-Executive Directors, Managing Director & CEO and CFO To take such operational decisions which have an impact on the operations of the company but are not in strategic in nature though require Board guidance
Borrowing & Investment Committee Board & Executive Quarterly Managing Director & CEO and CFO To provide operational flexibility to the Company for its borrowing/ resource raising programmes and investment of surplus funds by it, from time to time
Asset Liability Committee Board & Executive Quarterly 1 Non-Executive Directors, Managing Director & CEO and CFO
  • Required as per Master Directions for Housing Finance Companies
  • To ensure adherence to the risk tolerance/limits set by the Board as well as implementing the liquidity risk management strategy of the Company
Grievance Redressal Committee Board & Executive Quarterly 2 Independent Directors Managing Director & CEO, CFO & CCO To periodically review types & patterns of customer complaints, response TAT, regulatory escalations, recurring or systemic issues leading to customer complaints
Customer Strategy Committee Board & Executive Quarterly 1 Independent Director, Managing Director & CEO, CBO and CCO Review the customer positive steps which are taken by the Company
Credit Committee Board & Executive Need Based 1 Non-Executive Directors, Managing Director & CRO To take such credit related decisions which require a presence of larger body of senior officers of the Company including Board guidance
IT Steering Committee Board & Executive Half-Yearly Managing Director & CEO, CFO & CTO
  • Required as per Master Directions for Housing Finance Companies
  • To review IT related matters and to report into IT Strategy committee regarding execution of IT plans
Whistleblower Committee Board & Executive Need Based To be appointed by Managing Director on need basis
  • Required as per Companies Act, 2013
  • To review and take decisions on whistleblow complaints received
Wilfful Defaulter Identification Committee Board & Executive Need Based Managing Director & CEO, CFO & CRO
  • Required as per Master Directions for Housing Finance Companies
  • To identify and recommend for classification as willful defaulter to Review committee
Prevention of Sexual Harassment Committee Executive Need Based CHRO, CRO, CTO, CBO & EE
  • Required as per POSH Act
  • To review and take decisions on POSH related complaints received
Transaction Screening Committee Executive Need Based 1 Independent Director, CFO, To review transactions and decide whether any needs to be reported in to the FIU-Ind
DISCLOSURE AND TRANSPARENCY

GHF shall put up to the Board of Directors, at regular intervals the following:

  • the progress made in putting in place a progressive risk management system and risk management policy and strategy followed by the HFC;
  • conformity with corporate governance standards viz., in composition of various committees, their role and functions, periodicity of the meetings and compliance with coverage and review functions, etc

The Company shall also disclose the following in their Annual Financial Statements:

  • Registration/ license/ authorization obtained from other financial sector regulators.
  • Ratings assigned by credit rating agencies and migration of ratings during the year.
  • Penalties, if any, levied by any regulatory authority.
  • Information namely, area, country of operation and joint venture partners with regard to joint ventures and overseas subsidiaries.
  • Asset-Liability profile, extent of financing of parent company products, NPAs and movement of NPAs, details of all off-balance sheet exposures, structured products issued by them as also securitization/ assignment transactions and other disclosures, as per the format prescribed by the RBI/ NHB.
  • Any other disclosure required as per the regulatory/ supervisory directions.
ROTATION OF PARTNERS OF THE STATUTORY AUDITORS AUDIT FIRM

The Company shall rotate the partner/s of the Statutory Auditors firm conducting the audit, every 3 years so that same partner shall not conduct audit of the Company continuously for more than a period of 3 years. However, the partner so rotated shall be eligible for conducting the audit of the Company after an interval of 3 years. The Company shall incorporate appropriate terms in the letter of appointment of the firm of auditors to ensure compliance.

Nomination & Remuneration Policy
INTRODUCTION

Pursuant to Section 178 of the Companies Act, 2013 (the “Act”) and the Rules framed thereunder (as amended from time to time), the Board of Directors of every listed public Company and the following classes of companies are required to constitute a Nomination and Remuneration Committee (Committee) of the Board and is required to formulate a policy ensuring the criteria for evaluation of performance and determination of remuneration based on the performance of Directors, KMPs and Senior Management.

  • The public companies with a paid up capital of ten crore rupees or more;
  • the public companies having turnover of one hundred crore rupees or more;
  • the public companies, having in aggregate, outstanding loans or borrowings or debentures or deposits exceeding fifty crore rupees or more.

Further, Housing Finance Companies – Corporate Governance (National Housing Bank) Directions, 2016 (NHB Directions) also require an HFC to constitute a Nomination Committee

SCOPE & APPLICATION

The Policy is applicable for appointment, terms of appointment and continuation of appointment and review of employment terms of:

  • Directors viz. Executive, Non-Executive and Independent;
  • Key Managerial Personnel
  • Senior Management
PURPOSE

The key objectives of the Policy are as follows:

  • To formulate the criteria for determining qualifications, competencies, positive attributes and independence for appointment of a Director (Executive / Non-Executive) and recommend to the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”), policies relating to the remuneration (payable in whatever form) of the Directors, Key Managerial Personnel and senior management
  • To ensure that the Directors meet the "Fit & Proper" criteria at the time of appointment, and on a continuing basis
  • To guide the Company in relation to appointment, removal of Directors & KMPs & evaluation of their performance;
  • To formulate criteria for evaluation of the members of the Board and provide necessary report to the Board for further its evaluation by them.
  • To ensure that remuneration to Directors, KMPs & Senior Management involves a balance between fixed and incentive pay reflecting short and long-term performance objectives appropriate to the working of the Company and its goals;
  • To retain, motivate and promote talent and to ensure long term sustainability of talented managerial persons and create competitive advantage.
  • To carry out evaluation of the performance of Directors & KMPs & and to provide for reward(s) directly linked to their effort, performance, dedication and achievement relating to the Company’s operations;
  • To assist the Board to regularly review the policies and plans; and
  • To perform such other functions as may be necessary or appropriate for the performance of its duties and mandated by the Board from time to time
DEFINATIONS
  • “Act” means the Companies Act, 2013 and the Rules framed thereunder, as amended from time to time.
  • “Board” means the Board of Directors of the Company
  • “Committee” means Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Company as constituted or reconstituted by the Board.
  • “Company” means Godrej Housing Finance Limited
  • “Directors” shall mean Directors of the Company.
  • “Independent Director” means a director referred to in Section 149 (6) of the Companies Act, 2013.
  • “Key Managerial Personnel” or “KMP” means: in relation to a Company as defined sub-section 51 of Section 2 of the Companies Act, 2013, means and includes:
    • the Chief Executive Officer or the Managing Director or the manager;
    • the Company Secretary;
    • the Whole-Time Director;
    • the Chief Financial Officer;
    • such other officer, not more than one level below the directors who is in whole-time employment, designated as key managerial personnel by the Board; and
    • such other officer as may be prescribed
  • “Member” means a Director of the Company appointed as member of the Committee.
  • Senior Management” shall mean chief executive officer/manager, in case they are not part of the board) and shall specifically include Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer.

Unless the context otherwise requires, words and expressions used in this policy and not defined herein but defined in the Companies Act, 2013 (as amended from time to time), shall have the meaning respectively assigned to them therein.

APPOINTMENT & REMOVAL OF DIRECTORS, KMP & SENIOR MANAGEMENT

Appointment criteria and qualifications:

  • The Committee shall identify and ascertain the integrity, qualification, expertise and experience of the person for appointment as Director, KMP or Senior Management and recommend to the Board his / her appointment.
  • A person should possess adequate qualification, expertise and experience for the position he / she is considered for appointment. The Committee has the discretion to decide whether qualifications, expertise and experience possessed by a person is sufficient / satisfactory for the concerned position.
  • The Directors for the Company must meet the fit & proper criteria at the time of appointment and on continuing basis
  • The Company shall not recommend or appoint or continue the employment of any person as the Managing Director, Whole-time director or Manager within the meaning of the Act, who has attained the age of 70 (seventy) years. Provided that the appointment of such a person who has attained the age of 70 (seventy) years shall be made with the approval of the Shareholders by passing a special resolution, based on the explanatory statement annexed to the notice for the Meeting of the Shareholders for such motion indicating the justification for appointment or extension of appointment beyond the age of 70 (seventy) years.
  • whether, he/ she is eligible to hold office of director under the provisions of the Act and Rules made thereunder and the applicable policies of the Company.

TERM / TENURE OF MANAGING DIRECTOR/WHOLE-TIME DIRECTOR

The Company shall appoint or re-appoint any person as its Executive Chairman, Managing Director, Executive/ Whole-time Director or Manager for a term not exceeding 5 (five) years at a time. No reappointment shall be made earlier than 1 (one) year before the expiry of term.

Independent Director:

  • An Independent Director shall hold office for a term up to 5 (five) consecutive years on the Board and will be eligible for re-appointment on passing of a special resolution by the Company and disclosure of such appointment in the Board’s Report.
  • No Independent Director shall hold office for more than two consecutive terms, but such Independent Director shall be eligible for appointment after expiry of 3 (three) years of ceasing to become an Independent Director. Provided that an Independent Director shall not, during the said period of 3 (three) years, be appointed in or be associated with the Company in any other capacity, either directly or indirectly.
  • At the time of appointment of Independent Director(s) it should be ensured that he/she shall not hold office as a director, including any alternate directorship, in more than twenty companies at the same time. Provided that the maximum number of public companies in which a person can be appointed as a director shall not exceed ten.

Evaluation

The Committee shall carry out evaluation of performance of Board, its Committees and every Director, KMP and Senior Management on an annual basis or at such regular intervals as may be considered necessary.

The evaluation of independent directors shall be done by the entire board of directors which shall includes

  • performance of the directors; and
  • fulfillment of the independence criteria as specified in these regulations and their Independence from the management:

Provided that in the above evaluation, the directors who are subject to evaluation shall not participate.

Removal

Due to reasons for any disqualification mentioned in the Act or under any other applicable law, rules and regulations, thereunder, the Committee may recommend, to the Board with reasons to be recorded in writing, removal of a Director, KMP or Senior Management, subject to the provisions and compliance of the said Act, such other applicable law, rules and regulations.

Retirement

The Directors, KMP and Senior Management shall retire as per the applicable provisions of the Act and the prevailing HR policy of the Company. The Board will have the discretion to retain the Director, KMP, Senior Management in the same position/ remuneration or otherwise even after attaining the retirement age, for the benefit of the Company.

POLICY RELATING TO THE REMUNERATION FOR THE MANAGERIAL PERSONNEL, KMP & SENIOR MANAGEMENT
  • The Committee may recommend remuneration / compensation / commission for KMP, Senior Managerial Personnel:
    • should be based on the level and composition of remuneration, reasonable and sufficient to attract, retain and motivate directors of the quality required to run the company successfully;
    • considering the relationship of remuneration with performance and meets appropriate performance benchmarks; and
    • should be balance between fixed and incentive pay reflecting short and long-term performance objectives appropriate to the working of the company and its goals:
  • The remuneration / compensation / commission etc. to the Whole-time Director, KMP and Senior Management will be determined by the Committee and recommended to the Board for approval. The remuneration / compensation / commission etc. shall be subject to the approval of the Shareholders of the Company, wherever required.
  • The remuneration and commission to be paid to the managerial personnel shall be in accordance with the conditions laid down as per the provisions of the Act.
  • Increments to the existing remuneration/ compensation structure of managerial personnel may be recommended by the Committee to the Board which should be within the limits approved by the Shareholders or as laid down as per the provisions of the Act.

Remuneration to Non- Executive / Independent Director:

The remuneration / commission shall be in accordance with the statutory provisions of the Act and the Rules made thereunder for the time being in force. The Non- Executive / Independent Director may receive remuneration by way of fees for attending meetings of the Board or Committee thereof. Provided that the amount of such fees shall not exceed the maximum amount as provided in the Act, per meeting of the Board or Committee or such amount as may be prescribed by the Central Government from time to time.

Disclosures

Following disclosure of the Policy shall be made:

  • On website of company where the Policy shall be displayed as per regulatory directions
  • Along with Directors Report
GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK

Board of Directors

  • To consider and approve Nomination & Remuneration policy
  • To consider and recommend the appointment of Directors to the Shareholders
  • To consider and approve the appointment of KMPs and Senior Management
  • To consider and recommend the remuneration including increments of managerial personnel to the shareholders
  • To consider and approve the remuneration including increments of KMPs and Senior Management
  • To consider and approve the minutes of the meeting

Nomination and Remuneration Committee

  • To consider and recommend Nomination & Remuneration policy
  • To consider and recommend the appointment of Directors, KMP and Senior Management to the Board of Directors
  • To consider and recommend the remuneration including the increments of KMPs,
  • All other matters incidental to policy

The Governance framework mentioned herein shall be read along with terms of reference / Charter of Board / Committees approved by the Board of Directors. In case of any conflict, the Terms of Reference / Charter approved by Board to be preferred

Review, Modification & Changes
  • There shall be an annual review of the Policy by the Board of Directors
  • Board of Directors can at any time modify or amend, either the whole or any part of Policy
Whistle Blower
Preamble

The Company has adopted the Code of Ethics & Business Conduct, which lays down the principles and standards that should govern the actions of the Company and its employees.

In order to comply with the provisions of Section 177 of the Companies Act, 2013 and Rule 7 of the Companies (Meetings of the Board and its Powers) Rules, 2014 eligible company needs to have a Vigil Mechanism to enable the employees and the directors to report their genuine concerns or grievance.

Accordingly, this Whistle Blower Policy (“the Policy”) has been formulated with a view to provide a mechanism for employees of the Company to raise concerns on any violations of legal or regulatory requirements, incorrect or misrepresentation of any financial statements and reports, etc.

Purpose

The Company is committed to adhere to the highest standards of ethical, moral and legal conduct of business operations. To maintain these standards, the Company encourages its employees who have concerns about suspected misconduct to come forward and express these concerns without fear of punishment or unfair treatment. This policy aims to provide an avenue for employees / Directors to raise concerns on any violations of legal or regulatory requirements, incorrect or misrepresentation of any financial statements and reports, etc

Definition

“Disciplinary Action” ”means any actionthat canbe takenonthe completionof /during the investigation proceedings including but not limited to a warning, imposition of fine, suspension from official duties or any such action as is deemed to be fit considering the gravity of the matter.

“Employee” means every employee of the Company (whether working in India or abroad)

“Director” means Director on the Board of Directors of the Company.

“Protected Disclosure” means a concern raised by a written communication made in good faith that discloses or demonstrates information that may evidence unethical or improper activity. Protected Disclosures should be factual and not speculative in nature.

“Subject” means a person or group of persons against or in relation to whom a Protected Disclosure is made or evidence gathered during the course of an investigation under this Policy

“Whistle blower” is someone who makes a Protected Disclosure under this Policy.

“Whistle Officer” means an officer who is nominated/ appointed to conduct detailed investigation of the disclosure received from the whistle blower and recommend disciplinary action. Currently, Mr. V Swaminathan, Head of Corporate Audit & Assurance is nominated as Whistle Officer.

“Whistle Committee” or “Committee” means a Committee of persons who are nominated/appointed to conduct detailed investigation of the disclosure received from the whistle blower and recommend disciplinary action. The Committee, if appointed, should include Senior Level Officers of Personnel & Admin, Internal Audit and a representative of the Company / Division/ Department where the alleged malpractice has occurred.

“Company” means, “Godrej Housing Finance Limited.”

“Good Faith”: An employee shall be deemed to be communicating in ‘good faith’ if there is a reasonable basis for communication of unethical and improper practices or any other alleged wrongful conduct. Good Faith shall be deemed lacking when the employee does not have personal knowledge on a factual basis for the communication or where the employee knew or reasonably should have known that the communication about the unethical and improper practices or alleged wrongful conduct is malicious, false or frivolous.

“Policy or This Policy” means, “Whistle Blower Policy.”

Scope and applicability

Various stakeholders of the Company are eligible to make Protected Disclosures under the Policy. These stakeholders may fall into any of the following broad categories:

  • Employees of the Company
  • Employees of other agencies deployed for the Company’s activities, whether working from any of the Company’s offices or any other location
  • Contractors, vendors, suppliers or agencies (or any of their employees) providing any material or service to the Company
  • Customers of the Company
  • Any other person having an association with the Company

A person belonging to any of the above-mentioned categories can avail of the channel provided by this Policy for raising an issue covered under this Policy.

The Policy covers malpractices and events which have taken place/ suspected to take place involving:

  1. Abuse of authority
  2. Breach of contract
  3. Negligence causing substantial and specific danger to public health and safety
  4. Manipulation of company data/records
  5. Financial irregularities, including fraud or suspected fraud or Deficiencies in Internal Control and check or deliberate error in preparations of Financial Statements or Misrepresentation of financial reports
  6. Any unlawful act whether Criminal/ Civil
  7. Pilferage of confidential/propriety information
  8. Deliberate violation of law/regulation
  9. Wastage / misappropriation of company funds/assets
  10. Bribery or corruption
  11. Sexual Harassment
  12. Retaliation
  13. Breach of IT Security and data privacy
  14. Social Media Misuse
  15. Breach of Company Policy or failure to implement or comply with any approved Company Policy

The Policy should not be used in place of the Company grievance procedures or be a route for raising malicious or unfounded allegations against colleagues.

Ownership

The responsibility for overall implementation and upkeep of this policy rests with the Whistle Blower committee.

Responsibility for implementation

Compliance with this policy is mandatory and the task of implementation of the policy is with the Human Resource team. Chief Human Resource Officer may delegate specific responsibilities of this policy to a specific employee of the company on the recommendation of leaders.

Review & deviations
  • There shall be an annual review of the Policy by the Board of Directors
  • Board of Directors can at any time modify or amend, either the whole or any part of Policy
Communication

The policy is communicated by the CHRO to the entire organization as deemed necessary.

Policy

In this section, specific policies are defined which form the foundation of the Fair Practice Code for GHF. This policy is supported by other policies, additional templates, configuration documents and standard operating procedures where required.

Whistle Blower Committee

MD & CEO can setup a Whistle Blower committee to whom Directors and employees shall address their serious concerns arising from irregularities, malpractices and other misdemeanors committed by the Company’s personnel.

The Whistle blower Committee of the Company will be approved by the Board of Directors.

Role of Whistle Blower Officer

Any employee who has a genuine complaint or concern about any fraud or violation of any law, rule or regulation or unacceptable/improper practice and/or any unethical practice may complain about this to his superior or to the designated person to attend to Whistle officer as mentioned below, or to the Audit Committee.

Mr. V. Swaminathan, has been appointed as the “Whistle Officer”, for Godrej Group with effect from May 1, 2010, and can be contacted in writing at Pirojshanagar, Eastern Express Highway, Vikhroli-East, Mumbai 400 079 or on telephone at +91 22 25194403 or on email at ve.swaminathan@godrejinds.com.

To keep consistency with the group policy and to have an external assured person to manage the sensitive function the company also appoints him as a “Whistle Officer” for GHF.

He shall be responsible for the following functions:

  1. To receive and record any complaints under this policy.
  2. To ensure confidentiality of any “Whistle Blowing” complainant who requests that their complaint be treated in confidence.
  3. To prepare a report of any whistle blowing complaint and send the report promptly to the Audit Committee Members. A copy of the report shall be simultaneously sent to the Managing Director / Executive Director for investigation. The Managing Director/Executive Director after investigation shall place a report to the Audit Committee for discussion and decision. The Audit Committee Members shall then discuss the same and take necessary action.
  4. The Whistle Blowing Officer shall communicate the Audit Committee’s decision to the complainant for his information.

Role of the Whistle blower Committee

  1. The Committee will consider the credibility of the complaint submitted through the Protected Disclosure, the gravity of the issue raised and the likelihood of proving the allegation(s) from independent, verifiable sources.
  2. The ethics team under Corporate Audit shall submit reports with the Whistle Blower committee for their review and shall assist them in manner required. Basis the report and inputs, the committee shall decide the next course of action..