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Government of India
Ministry of Finance
18-March-2016

Interest Rates on various Small Savings Schemes for the 1st Quarter of 2016-17 notified;. Additional Interest Rate spreads which the Government allows on Small Savings Schemes like PPF, Senior Citizen Savings Scheme, Sukanya Samridhi Scheme and NSC etc. are being continued and included in the rates notified today.

From the year 2012-13, the interest rates on various Small Savings Schemes (SSS) are recalculated and notified in the month of March every year.  These rates are applicable for the next financial year.  This is being done in line with the recommendations of the Shyamala Gopinath Committee to ensure that the interest rates of Small Savings Schemes are market linked.

Accordingly, as done in the previous years, the interest rates for various Small Savings Schemes were due for recalculation in March 2016.  As notified on 16th February, 2016, instead of annual resetting of interest rates for the next financial year, the interest rates from now on will be reset every quarter based on the G-Sec yields of the previous three months. Consequently, the interest rates for various Small Savings Schemes were recalculated with reference to the G-Sec yields of equivalent maturity for the months December 2015 to February 2016.  Based on this calculation, the interest rates on various Small Savings Schemes for the 1st quarter of 2016-17 have been notified today. The rates of interest on various small savings schemes for the First Quarter of Financial Year 2016-17, on the basis of the interest compounding/payment built-in in the schemes, shall be as under:

Instrument Rate of interest w.e.f. 01.04.2015 to 31.3.2016 Rate of interest w.e.f. 01.04.2016 to 30.6.2016
Savings Deposit 4.0 4.0
1 Year Time Deposit 8.4 7.1
2 Year Time Deposit 8.4 7.2
3 Year Time Deposit 8.4 7.4
5 Year Time Deposit 8.5 7.9
5 Year Recurring Deposit 8.4 7.4
5 Year Senior Citizens Savings Scheme 9.3 8.6
5 year Monthly Income Account Scheme 8.4 7.8
5 Year National Savings Certificate 8.5 8.1
Public Provident Fund Scheme 8.7 8.1
Kisan Vikas Patra 8.7 7.8 (will mature in 110 months)
Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme 9.2 8.6

This is a formula driven process.

Further, as notified earlier, the additional interest rate spreads which the Government allows on Small Savings Schemes like PPF, Senior Citizen Savings Scheme, Sukanya Samridhi Scheme, NSC etc. are being continued.  The additional spread for these Schemes are 25 basis points for PPF, 100 basis points for Senior Citizen Savings Scheme, 75 basis points for Sukanya Samridhi Scheme, 25 basis points for five year time deposit, 25 basis points for National Savings Certificate and 25 basis points for Monthly Income Scheme. These additional interest rate spreads are being continued and are included in the rates notified today.

The quarterly revision of interest rates will ensure that the interest rates under Small Savings Schemes are more dynamically related to the current market rates, thereby enabling the Banks to move their interest rates in line with current money market rates.

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3 responses to “Revised interest rate of PPF, SCSC, Sukanya Samridhi,NSC”

  1. k k sarawagi says:

    There will be big diversion of investors from the above savings scheme to mutual funds and shares or gold. The Govt. has also reduced interest rate on senior citizen savings scheme from 9.3% to 8.6%. The scheme was introduced with interest rate of 9%. They should not have touched this scheme as this is giving social security to the senior citizens.

  2. HARIOM SHARMA says:

    As an effect of this interest rate cut will divert investors to invest in equity /MF instead of in small savings..

  3. P N Rao says:

    The Government wants stability in GDP Growth Rate so that poverty can be eliminated. Financial Analysts wants stability in EPS Growth Rate. Only Common Man who depends on non speculative investments for their hard earned money does not require Stability in Interest Rates. He needs to be integrated with G Sec Yields and International Financial Markets in getting a return on the non speculative investment deposits made in Banks and Post Offices. Are we really stable? Earlier Shyamala Gopinathan committee recommended and they started yearly held-able rates, now as our economy is really growing well in the world, when other countries are not doing that well, as a progressive dynamic economic model we want to get integrated with Quarterly Interest Rates changes than one year changes. Very good micro economic management we are seeing, and let the common man be left vagaries of Market Forces.

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