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Govt notifies PPF NSC SSY and Other Small Savings Scheme Interest Rates for Q3 2020-21

 
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Govt notifies PPF NSC SSY and Other Small Savings Scheme Interest Rates for Q3 2020-21: The interest rate on Public Provident Fund (PPF), Sukanya Samriddhi Account, Kisan Vikas Patra, National Savings Certificate (NSC) and Other Small Savings Scheme have been kept unchanged for the third quarter of the fiscal year 2020-21 commencing from 1st October, 2020. PPF will continue to earn interest of 7.1 per cent for the third quarter of FY 2020-21.


The government has notified the interest rates on the Small Savings Scheme for the 3rd quarter of FY 2020-21 on 30.09.2020. In the first quarter, there was a sharp reduction of the interest rates on the Small Savings Scheme including the most popular investment scheme PPF by 70 bps to 140 bps across all the investment products.


However, there was no cut in the rate of interest of various small savings schemes in the second quarter and the rate so notified for the first quarter was continued in the second quarter. The same rate of interest is continued in the third quarter also.


There was a reduction in the rate of interest of all the small savings schemes including PPF (Public Provident Fund), NSC (National Savings Certificate), SSY (Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana) and others except savings deposit as compared to the rate of interest for the 4th quarter of FY 2019-20. All these rates have been kept unchanged and the status quo is maintained for the third quarter. 


The savings deposit will continue to earn the same rate of interest of 4 per cent. This is despite the fact that banks have reduced interest on savings accounts drastically. State Bank of India has slashed the interest rate on savings account to 2.70 per cent (w.e.f. 31.05.2020) whereas ICICI Bank is offering 3 per cent. Recently, Bandhan Bank has also reduced its interest rate on savings accounts to 3% w.e.f 07.09.2020.


This was notified by the Department of Economic Affairs under the Ministry of Finance in a circular dated September 30, 2020.


The interest rate on small savings schemes including PPF is revised on a quarterly basis.


For a Term Deposit of 5 years - 10 years term, the State Bank of India is offering an interest rate of 5.4 per cent which is increased by 80 basis points to 6.2 per cent for senior citizen deposit holders. (Source: www.sbi.co.in)


Compared to it, the PPF interest rate stood at 7.1 per cent whereas the 5-year Term Deposit was offering an interest rate of 6.7 per cent. The lowest interest rate it offers for a Term Deposit was 5.5 per cent.


The interest rate on the National Savings Certificates has been kept unchanged at 6.8 per cent which was slashed by 110 bps in the first quarter.


The Kisan Vikas Patra will earn interest of 6.9 per cent and it will take 124 months to double the principal amount of investment.


The Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme will continue to fetch a higher rate of interest of 7.6 per cent compared to other small savings schemes in the general category. 


The flagship scheme for senior citizens namely, Senior Citizen Savings Scheme will fetch a rate of interest of 7.4 per cent. In this scheme, interest is paid quarterly.


The interest rate on 5-year Recurring Deposit Rate which suffered the highest reduction in the interest rate of 140 bps in the preceding quarter shall continue to earn an interest rate of 5.8 per cent.


For a 5-year time-deposit, the interest rate is 6.7 per cent. For 1-year, 2-years and 3-years time deposits, the rate of interest is 5.5 per cent. A similar time deposit of 5-year Recurring Deposit will earn an interest rate of 5.8 per cent.


For a conservative investor, PPF and other small savings schemes like Sukanya Samriddhi Account and Senior Citizen Savings Scheme offer good returns. These products offer guaranteed, safe, and risk-free returns.


The 5-year Post Office Monthly Income Scheme (MIS), where interest is paid out monthly, offers 6.6 per cent.


Small savings rates are revised every quarter and if there is no change in the rates, the finance ministry retains the existing rates.


Small Savings Scheme Interest Rates for Q3 of 2020 -21


Instrument

Rate of Interest from 01.07.2020 to   30.09.2020

Rate of Interest from 01.10.2020 to   31.12.2020

Compounding   Frequency

Savings Deposit

4

4

Annually

1 year Time Deposit

5.5

5.5

Quarterly

2 year Time Deposit

5.5

5.5

Quarterly

3 year Time Deposit

5.5

5.5

Quarterly

5 year Time Deposit

6.7

6.7

Quarterly

5 year Recurring Deposit

5.8

5.8

Quarterly

Senior Citizen Savings Scheme

7.4

7.4

Quarterly and Paid

Monthly Income Account

6.6

6.6

Monthly and Paid

National Savings Certificate

6.8

6.8

Annually

Public Provident Fund Scheme

7.1

7.1

Annually

Kisan Vikas Patra

6.9

(will mature in 124 months)

6.9

(will mature in 124 months)

Annually

Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme

7.6

7.6

Annually


Recently, the government has introduced a new PPF Scheme, 2019 to replace all the previous PPF rules.


Under the new scheme, contributions into a PPF in a year can be deposited without any restriction. Earlier, there was a limit of a maximum of 12 contributions in a year. The maximum amount that can be deposited in a year is capped at Rs. 1,50,000 whereas the minimum amount of contribution is Rs. 500. Any deposit can be made in multiples of Rs. 50, instead of Rs. 5 under the rule of 1968.


Further, a discontinued (dormant) account will also earn the same rate of interest as an active account earns. But a penalty of 1 per cent of interest rate will be applicable for premature closure of the account. An account can be closed prematurely only after 5 years and under specified circumstances.


Interest on loan taken against the PPF account is reduced by 100 basis points to 1 per cent from 2 per cent earlier.


Prior to 2016, the interest rates were announced once which was applicable for the full year. Interest rates were revised every year. From FY 2016-17, it was decided by the government that the interest rate on small savings schemes will be notified on a quarterly basis.


Similarly, Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme, 2019, Senior Citizens Savings Scheme, 2019, Kisan Vikas Patra Scheme, 2019 were introduced replacing the earlier respective rules.




Read the full text of the circular:



F.No.1/4/2019-NS

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Economic Affairs

(Budget Division) 



North Block, New Delhi

Dated: 30.09.2020


Office Memorandum


Subject: Revision of interest rates for Small Savings Schemes-reg.


The rates of interest on various Small Savings Schemes for the third quarter of financial year 2020-21 starting from 1st October, 2020 and ending on 31st December, 2020 shall remain unchanged from those notified for the second quarter (1st July, 2020 to 30th September, 2020) of financial year 2020-21. 


2. This issues with the approval of competent authority. 



(Hanumaiah K.)

Deputy Secretary(Budget)


Download Copy of the Circular notifying interest rate for small savings scheme for Quarter 3 of FY 2020-21.


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