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Empowering Investors; IEPFA Way

New Delhi: To celebrate 75 years of Indian independence with Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM), the Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority (IEPFA) and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) here today organised a National Webinar on the theme ‘Empowering Investor: IEPFA, Journey of 5 Years and Way forward’. During the Webinar, IEPFA shared its journey of 5 years of imparting Investor Education and Awareness amongst the masses.

Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation, Ministry of Planning and Union Minister of State for Ministry of Corporate Affairs, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

Congratulating the IEPFA for successfully accomplishing the tasks assigned to it, Mr.Singh said, “It is overwhelming to note that more than 55 thousand Investor Awareness Programmes have been conducted by IEPFA in collaboration with various organizations like ICSI, ICAI, CSC and e-Governance. IEPFA has taken a holistic approach to sensitize stakeholders including household investors, housewives, professionals, etc. across the country in rural and urban areas through direct investor awareness programmes, media campaigns, short films and engaging with other stakeholders.”

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic related nationwide lockdown and restrictions, the IEPFA continued to disseminate financial education through various digital mediums like social media, mass media, Radio, IGNOU Gyandarshan Channel. I urge IEPFA to continue with its good work in the existing and upcoming areas under investor awareness and protection,” he further added.

Rajesh Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, in his address shared the journey of 5 years of IEPFA and said, “Apart from refunding back amounts, dividends and shares of market value worth about Rs. 1,000 crore, the IEPFA has taken several technology driven and citizen-centric initiatives to facilitate investors and reach masses. Launch of IEPFA Mobile App, revamping of IEPF portal, Helpline Number and Call Centres are but a few such steps towards investors’ education and awareness.”

Mr.Verma also highlighted the fact that financial literacy and education plays a crucial role in financial inclusion and inclusive growth and expressed his delight that IEPF Authority has collaborated with various partner institutions like ICSI, ICAI, ICoAI, CSC e-governance Services Private Limited, IPPB, NYKS etc. for the awareness drives.

Humbled with the acknowledgement for being a part of this big initiative of the Government of India, CS Nagendra D. Rao, president, ICSI, thanked the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and the IEPF Authority. CS Rao said that “The association with IEPFA is a testimony to ICSI’s irrefutable support to all initiatives of the Government of India aimed at nation building. The Institute pledges to be at every step of creating an Atma-Nirbhar Bharat.”