Govt keeps small savings schemes' interest rates unchanged for July-September quarter

Interest rates for small savings schemes are notified on a quarterly basis

Press Trust of India July 04, 2018 12:07:03 IST
Govt keeps small savings schemes' interest rates unchanged for July-September quarter

New Delhi: The government has kept the interest rates on small savings schemes, including NSC and PPF, unchanged for the July-September quarter.

The move is aimed at matching the hardening interest rates in the banking sector.

Interest rates for small savings schemes are notified on a quarterly basis.

Govt keeps small savings schemes interest rates unchanged for JulySeptember quarter

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"...the rates of interest on various small savings schemes for the second quarter of the financial year 2018-19 starting July 1 and ending on 30 September, 2018 shall remain unchanged from those notified for the fourth quarter of the financial year 2017-18," the Finance Ministry said while notifying the rates for the second quarter.

The interest rate for the five-year Senior Citizens Savings Scheme has been retained at 8.3 percent. The interest on the senior citizens' scheme is paid quarterly.

Interest on savings deposits has been retained at 4 percent annually.

Public Provident Fund (PPF) and National Savings Certificate (NSC) will fetch the annual interest rate of 7.6 percent while Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) will yield 7.3 percent and mature in 11 months.

The girl child savings scheme Sukanya Samriddhi account will offer 8.1 percent rate.

Term deposits of 1-5 years will fetch an interest rate of 6.6-7.4 percent, to be paid quarterly, while the five-year recurring deposit is pegged at 6.9 percent.

While announcing the quarterly setting of interest rates in 2016, the Finance Ministry had said that rates of small savings schemes would be linked to government bond yields. The move is expected to see banks lowering their deposit rates in line with the small savings rate offered by the government.

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