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Interest rate on small savings slashed, PPF rates cut from 8.7% to 8.1%

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Rates have been cut on 5-Year National Saving Certificates to 8.1%.

The government on Friday slashed interest rates payable on small savings including Public Provident Fund and Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) in a bid to align them closer to market rates.

As a part of its February 16 decision to revise interest rates on small savings every quarter, the interest rate on PPF scheme will be cut to 8.1% for the period April 1 to June 30, from 8.7%, at present.

Similarly, the interest rate on KVP will be cut to 7.8% from 8.7%, according to a Finance Ministry order.

While the interest rate on Post Office savings has been retained at 4%, the same for term deposits of one to five years has been cut.

The popular five-Year National Savings Certificates will earn an interest rate of 8.1% from April 1 as against 8.5%, at present.

A five-year Monthly Income Account will fetch 7.8% as opposed to 8.4% now. Girl-child saving scheme, Sukanya Samriddhi Account will see interest rate of 8.6% as against 9.2%.

Senior citizen savings scheme of five-year would earn 8.6 per cent interest compared with 9.3%. "On the basis of the decisions of the government, interest rates for small savings schemes are to be notified on quarterly basis," the order said announcing the rates for the first quarter of fiscal 2016-17.

Post Office term deposits of one, two and three years command an interest rate of 8.4% but from April 1, a 1-year Time Deposit will get 7.1%, 2-year Time Deposit will earn 7.2% and 3-Year Time Deposit will attract interest of 7.4%.

Five-year time deposit will fetch 7.9% interest in the first quarter as against 8.5% while the same on five-year recurring deposit has been slashed to 7.4% from 8.4%.

The government had on February 16 announced moving small saving interest rates closer to market rates. On that day, rates on short-term post office deposits was cut by 0.25% but long-term instruments such as MIS, PPF, senior citizen and girl child schemes were left untouched.

(With PTI inputs)

first published:March 18, 2016, 18:43 IST