Govt slashes small savings interest rate by 0.1 % on small saving schemes like PPF, KVP

  • The government has lowered interest rate on small saving schemes like PPF, Kisan Vikas Patra and Sukanya Samriddhi by 0.1 percent for the July- September quarter.
  • The rates have been lowered by 0.1 percent across the board compared to the April-June quarter. However, interest on savings deposits has been retained at four per cent annually. 
  • Since April last year, interest rates of all small saving schemes have been recalibrated on a quarterly basis. According to finance ministry notification, investments in the Public Provident Fund (PPF) scheme will fetch lower annual rate of 7.8 percent. Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) investments will yield 7.5 percent and mature in 115 months. The one for girl child savings, Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme, will offer 8.3 percent annually, from 8.4 percent at present. The investment on 5-year Senior Citizens Savings Scheme will yield 8.3 percent.
  • Term deposits of 1-5 years will fetch a lower 6.8-7.6 percent that will be paid quarterly while the 5-year recurring deposit has been pegged lower at 7.1 percent.
  • "On the basis of the decision of the government, interest rates for small savings schemes are to be notified on a quarterly basis," the ministry said while notifying the rates for second quarter of the financial year 2017-18.
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