EPFO may retain 8.65% interest rate on provident funds for current fiscal

New Delhi: Retirement fund body EPFO is expected to keep interest rate unchanged at 8.65 percent on provident funds for its about 5 crore members for 2017-18 at its trustees' meet on 21 February, 2018, sources said.

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has already sold exchange traded funds (ETF) worth Rs 2,886 crore earlier this month to bridge the gap to maintain 8.65 percent for this fiscal, they said.

The EPFO had announced 8.65 percent rate of interest on deposits for 2016-17, a tad lower than 8.8 percent in 2015-16.

Representational image. Reuters.

Representational image. Reuters.

It has earned a return of around 16 percent at Rs 1,054 crore which would be sufficient to provide 8.65 percent rate of interest this fiscal, said sources.

The income projections for the current fiscal have not been circulated along the agenda to the trustees and it would be tabled during the meeting, they said, adding the decision to sell the ETFs was taken after factoring in the income projections for the current fiscal by the EPFO.

The EPFO has been investing in ETF since August 2015 and it has so far not monetised the ETF investments. The EPFO has invested around Rs 44,000 crore in the ETFs till date.

The agenda listed for the meeting of the trustees includes the proposal for rate of interest on the EPF deposits for the current fiscal.

The trustees may also review the proposal to credit the ETFs into the members' EPF account because a large number of members do not have that level of financial literacy.

It is proposed that the members should be given option to have ETF credits in their EPF account.

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Updated Date: Feb 12, 2018 19:00:52 IST