The interest rates on small savings schemes for the April-June quarter unchanged from those notified for the fourth quarter of financial year 2017-18. The Finance Ministry in a separate communiqué, has also given an indefinite extension for seeding Aadhaar number at the time of opening of a small savings account or purchasing certificates. This was in view of Supreme Court order providing indefinite extension for seeding the 12-digit biometric identity number to utilities.
The Ministry also withdrew the earlier restrictions for credit of interest in respect of small savings to basic Savings Bank account. Now all the interest and maturity proceeds of small savings instruments operated by the Department of Posts may be paid to the depositors through the depositor’s savings account standing at a post office or any commercial bank, by cheque or in cash.
The Government fixes interest rates of Small savings schemes such as NSC, PPF,KVP, Sukanya Samriddhi account, Post office Term deposits, National Savings Certificate (NSC), Provident Fund (PPF) once in a quarter.
The effective rates are as under.
|Scheme||Rate of Interest
April 2018 to
|Interest rate for the previous quarter||Interest compounded
|Savings account||4%||4%||Annual rest|
|1 year time deposit||6.60%||6.60%||Quarterly rest|
|2 year time deposit||6.70%||6.70%||Quarterly rest|
|3 year time deposit||6.90%||6.90%||Quarterly rest|
|5 year time deposit||7.40%||7.40%||Quarterly rest|
|5 year Recurring Deposit||6.90%||6.90%||Quarterly rest|
|5 year Senior Citizen Saving Scheme||8.30%||8.30%||Interest paid quarterly, Quarterly rest|
|5 year Monthly Income Account Scheme||7.30%||7.30%||Interest paid monthly,|
|5 year NSC||7.60 %||7.60%||Annual rest|
|PPF (Public Provident Fund)||7.60%||7.60%||Annual rest|
|KVP (Kissan Vikas Patra)||7.30 %(matures 118months)||7.20% (matures 118 months)||Annual rest|
|Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme||8.10%||8.10%||Annual rest|
The government had announced in February 2016 that small savings rates will be set quarterly instead of earlier system of announcing for every year so as to align them with the market rate of government securities.
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