A Public Provident Fund account on behalf of a minor can be opened by either father or mother. Both the parents cannot open a separate account for the same minor. An individual may open one PPF account on behalf of each minor of whom he is the guardian.
[MOF (DEA) letter No 7/34/88-NS II dated 17.11.1989]
The grand father/mother cannot open a PPF account on behalf of their minor grand son/daughter when parents of the minor are alive. They can open the account if they are appointed as legal guardian after the death of the parents.
Under the rules only father or mother can open a PPF account on behalf of minor son/daughter. If neither parent is alive or where the only living parent is incapable of acting, a person entitled under the law for the time being in force to have care of the property of minor can open a PPF account on behalf of the such a minor.
[DG Posts letter No. 1-23/75-SB dated: 8.2. 1979]
(Compiled by Taxguru Team)