AMFI introduced KYD for distributors in September 2010. As part of this process AMFI collects proof of address, proof of bank mandate, etc. and hence the distributor data is verified with supporting document and are reliable.
At present, Distributor data is being maintained by each AMC as well and therefore, distributors submit requests for change of address, bank mandate, telephone no etc to each of the AMCs, which has empanelled them. If a distributor is empanelled with 15 AMCs, the distributor is submitting 15 such requests. The present process puts a burden on Distributors and AMCs. To make the life simpler for Distributors and AMCs, 'Central Distributor Services' is being introduced by AMFI, which is explained below :
AMFI has appointed CAMS to provide ARN services to AMFI since inception. It is decided that all AMCs would make use of this Central distributor database of AMFI to populate static distributor details like address, contact person, contact details, etc. Post launch of these services, the distributors need to submit the documents like Annual Self Certification, only once to AMFI.
CAMS has sent the letters to all KYD complied distributors (about 50,000 +) along with the existing information available with them. The distributors were advised to verify this information and furnish the information in the specified format , if there are any changes, latest by December 31, 2012.
CAMS will update all the information received in the central database and "Central Distributor Services" shall become operational with effect from January 15, 2013.