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EPFO to invest Rs 20,000 cr in equities in 2017-18, says Bandaru Dattatreya

Hyderabad: Retirement fund body EPFO will invest Rs 20,000 crore in exchange traded funds this fiscal as it has decided to raise the investment limit in ETFs, Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said on Saturday.

“Yesterday, the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) Central Board of Trustees meeting held in Pune agreed on the proposal for raising ETF investments from 10 to 15 percent of investible deposits. This year we are going to invest Rs 20,000 crore in ETF,” the Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment told reporters.

The Finance Ministry had earlier notified a new investment pattern for EPFO, allowing the body to invest a minimum of 5 percent and up to 15 percent of its funds in equity or equity-related schemes.

Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya. Image courtesy PIB

Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya. Image courtesy PIB

The EPFO had started investing up to 5 percent of its investible deposits in ETFs in August 2015. In the first year (2015-16), Rs 6,577 crore was invested, while the figure for 2016-17 stood at Rs 14,982 crore.

The return on investment in ETF was 13.72 per cent, Dattatreya said, adding Rs 234.86 crore was earned as dividend on the investment.

“This is encouraging…seeing the returns the entire board also agreed to go ahead for 15 per cent. We are committed for more returns with safety of EPF funds,” said Dattatreya.

On the issue of raising the wage ceiling for coverage of employees under the EPFO’s social security net from the existing Rs 15,000 per month, Dattatreya said, “It is under examination.”

 


Published Date: May 29, 2017 09:25 AM | Updated Date: May 29, 2017 09:25 AM