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PF interest hike to 8.8 % for 2015-16 fiscal, that on post office savings cut by 0.25%


16 Feb, 2016 10:50p.m.

Interest on short-term post office saving deposits was on Tuesday cut by 0.25 percent while the rate on employees' provident fund was increased marginally to 8.8 percent.

The finance ministry has cut interest rate on post office savings of 1, 2 and 3 year terms, Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) as well as 5-year Recurring Deposits, but left long-term instruments such as monthly investment scheme (MIS), PPF, senior citizen and girl child plans untouched.

In Chennai, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya announced an interim hike in interest rate on employees' provident fund (PF) to 8.8 percent for 2015-16 fiscal from 8.75 percent previously.
The increased in interest rate on PF, announced after 211th meeting of the Central Board of Trustees (CBT) of the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), was lower than the employees union demand for 8.9 percent.

With a view to align small saving interest rates with broadbased banking rates, the finance ministry said the 0.25 per cent higher interest rate that post office savings of 1, 2 and 3 year term deposits, KVP as well as 5-year Recurring Deposits earned over similar tenure Government securities will be withdrawn from 1 April.

While the short deposits currently fetch 8.4 percent interest, KVP doubles the investment in 8 years and four months (100 months). The ministry also announced that henceforth the rates on small savings schemes would be revised every quarter.

Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, Senior Citizen Savings Scheme and the MIS, which currently command 0.75, 1 and 0.25 percent higher interest rate than G-sec, were not untouched as they are linked to social security goals.

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