29C. Reserve fund.-
(1) Every housing finance institution which is a company shall create a reserve fund and transfer therein a sum not less than twenty per cent. of its net profit every year as disclosed in the profit and loss account and before any dividend is declared.
Explanation.-A housing finance institution creating and maintaining any special reserve in terms of clause (viii) of sub-section (1) of section 36 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), may take into account any sum transferred by it for the year to such special reserve for the purposes of this sub-section.
(2) No appropriation of any sum from the reserve fund including any sum in the special reserve which has been taken into account for the purposes of reserve fund in terms of sub-section (1), shall be made by such housing finance institution except for the purpose as may be specified by the National Housing Bank from time to time and every such appropriation shall be reported to the National Housing Bank within twenty-one days from the date of such withdrawal: Provided that the National Housing Bank may, in any particular case and for sufficient cause being shown, extend the period of twenty-one days by such further period as it thinks fit or condone any delay in making such report.
(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), the Central Government may, on the recommendation of the National Housing Bank and having regard to the adequacy of the paid-up capital and reserves of a housing finance institution which is a company in relation to its deposit liabilities, declare by order in writing that the provisions of sub-section (1) shall not be applicable to such housing finance institution for such period as may be specified in the order: Provided that no such order shall be made unless the amount in the reserve fund under sub-section (1), together with the amount in the share premium account, is not less than the paid-up capital of the housing finance institution.]
1. Ins. by Act 15 of 2000, s. 14 (w.e.f. 12-6-2000).