I wrote about the SBI RGESS fund and IDBI RGESS fund some time ago, and one thing that I wasn’t clear about is whether existing funds that satisfy the RGESS criteria will make their investors eligible for deduction or if there is any condition that prevents them from being eligible.
Nothing I read said they were ineligible, but I was wondering about this since I felt there is no reason for mutual funds to issue new funds when existing funds serve the exact same purpose (other than perhaps publicity that new fund attracts).
Rahul Chindaliya shared a link which explains how many existing mutual funds are eligible for RGESS exemption, and I also found that Religare has a page that lists out their RGESS eligible funds, and their Nifty ETF is listed there.
This should imply that all other Nifty ETFs (Also see: Comprehensive list of all Nifty Index funds and ETFs) are also eligible for RGESS exemption, and if you so desire you invest in one of the existing ones instead of going for a brand new fund. This also means that existing funds that invest in other RGESS compliant securities are eligible as well.
I also came across an article in Livemint today which states that the government can expand the scope of RGESS and include more than just first time investors. If they were to do that in the next few days then that will mean that the scheme suddenly becomes interesting to a lot more people.
If you have been investing in Nifty ETFs or any of the other RGESS eligible securities this fiscal and you are a relatively new investor then I’d suggest you keep a track on this space because you might suddenly find that there is an exemption that you can take advantage of that didn’t exist before.