The government has already sought dividend of about Rs 13,000 crore from the Reserve Bank of India for 2016-17.
The SEBI has two kinds of money. One what they earn as penalties and fine etc. That belongs to the government that they regularly deposit. The other one that they earn by way of fee and other decision.
"They have run up into some surplus already. So, there is that should be kept in public account rather than banks. That is being discussed. That amount is not very large, it's around Rs 3,000-4000 crore," Economic Affairs Secretary S C Garg said.
Asked about additional surplus transfer by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Garg said, the central government has asked for remaining part lying with the central bank to be transfered during the current fiscal.
"We have asked for remaining part of the surplus which is about Rs 13,000 crore. The RBI has made certain suggestions.
It is being discussed with the RBI. The money should come before March 31," he said.
In August, the RBI had paid a dividend of Rs 30,659 crore for the fiscal ended June 2017. It was less than half the Rs 65,876 crore it had paid in 2015-16.
The government had budgeted for a Rs 58,000 crore dividend from the RBI in its Budget for this fiscal year.