The dividend declared at an annual general meeting is required to be paid within 30 days from the date of declaration of the said dividend.  The companies are required to deposit the balance amount lying in the dividend account to an unclaimed dividend account within 37 days from the date of declaration.  Any amount lying in the said account is termed as unclaimed dividend amount.

The details of unclaimed dividend as on August 2, 2014 are as follows:

Financial Year Unclaimed Dividend as on August 2, 2014 (Rs.) Unclaimed Dividend as % to total dividend payable Date of Declaration of Dividend Last Date For claiming Dividend
2007-08 3,14,919 2.65% 15-9-2008 14-9-2015
2008-09 4,42,001 3.18% 12-9-2009 11-9-2016
2009-10 6,20,020 3.39% 13-8-2010 12-8-2017
2010-11 6,82,620 3.44% 03-9-2011 02-9-2018
2011-12 8,62,915 3.62% 16-8-2012 15-8-2019
2012-13 9,34,116 3.92% 30-07-2013 29-07-2020

Dividends that are not encashed or claimed, within seven years from the date of their transfer to the unclaimed dividend account, will in terms of the provisions of section 205A of the Companies Act, 1956, be transferred to the Investor Education and Protection Fund (IEPF), established by the Government of India. In terms of the provisions of Section 205C of the Companies Act, 1956, no claim shall lie against the Company or the said Fund after the said transfer.